Prepare NOW To Sell Your House In Spring
Spring time is one of the most popular times of year to sell your home. If you’re planning on selling your home this spring, don’t wait too long before getting your home ready to sell. Here is a list of things you can do to prepare now to sell your house in spring.
Start Packing and De-cluttering
It’s never too late to begin packing and de-cluttering. If you haven’t moved in a long time, it’s likely going to take much longer than you think. 🙂 Getting started now will save you a lot of stress later.
For many people, it can be tough to get rid of stuff. Begin by taking an honest look at all those things you think you’ll need “someday”, but actually never will. Most of that stuff can be sold or donated. Do you really need your puff paint and BeDazzler kit from the 90s? What about those Chiefs Zubaz pants with the holes in them? Probably not. It can sometimes help to have a neutral person helping to hold you accountable during this process. A spouse may or may not be the right person for this job…the last thing you want is for this process to devolve into a big fight. Donated items may be eligible for a tax deduction, so if donating lots of stuff be sure to check that out.
Now that you’ve pared down your possessions, it’s time to pack any items you wish to keep, but won’t need until after the move. For anything already in storage, consider replacing all cardboard storage containers with plastic totes. Believe it or not, eliminating cardboard storage can help prevent Brown Recluse spider infestation. Anything that lives in storage 99% of the time should be packed into stackable plastic tubs (but first ask yourself again: “Should I still have this?”). This makes these items easier to move, and will keep your storage areas much cleaner and more organized.
Keepsakes, out-of-season clothing, fine dishes, seldom-used cooking items, books, music/movie collections, etc. Pack it all up just as though you’re moving (because you are). Strongly consider moving all of these items into a storage unit until the move. Your house will show much better if you do. Plus, keeping your home in show-ready condition will be much easier. You’ll likely be surprised how much of a difference de-cluttering will make in the way your home feels.
I never recommend a major renovation if you’re going to sell your home anytime soon, because you will not get your money back. Having said, that the better your home shows, the faster it will sell for more money. The following things are fairly cheap, and you can do most of them yourself if you want to:
- Replace the mildewed caulk in the bathroom and kitchen
- Replace outdated or “ugly” light fixtures and ceiling fans*
- Change switch plate covers, outlets, and light switches*
- Replace door hardware: door knobs, cabinet knobs and pulls
- Consider painting your front door
- Consider painting rooms that need it
If you’re unsure about paint colors, ask a designer-type friend or a Realtor. As a general rule, it’s best to keep it neutral. Anything too drastic can turn off buyers who may not be able to visualize themselves in your home.
You may also want to consider having your home inspected before it is listed for sale. If there are any surprises, you’ll have more time to deal with them. After addressing any issues found by the home inspector, you will also have another marketable feature: “House pre-inspected. See Inspection Report and repair receipts.” *Hire an electrician and follow local codes as necessary
Choosing a good agent makes a huge difference in how your home selling experience will turn out. Get recommendations from friends and family. The agent you select should listen to your needs and develop a plan that works for you. Trust an agent to know more about the process than you, but if you think you’re not being heard, you and that agent might not be compatible. Look for an agent with a comprehensive marketing plan, who can intelligently answer your questions, and knows a lot about your specific area.
Never hire an agent solely based on how much they charge, or what they tell you your home is worth. Paying less commission may seem cheaper, but it could cost you if your home isn’t marketed properly. And, just because one agent tells you your home is worth more than another agent doesn’t mean they will do a better job of getting the house sold for top dollar.
If you’re looking to move or just want more information, you know how to reach me. And as usual, no pressure.
Justin Rollheiser – REALTOR®
Keller Williams Realty | Diamond Partners Inc
13671 S Mur-Len Rd | Olathe, KS 66062