5 ways home sellers can prepare for the spring market

Are you thinking about buying or selling in the near future?  

Please refer to the original article posted online at http://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/5-ways-home-sellers-can-prepare-for-the-spring-market/

With only 31 days until the first day of spring, and spring being the busiest time for real estate, homeowners planning to put their homes on the market shouldn’t wait for flowers to bloom before getting ready to sell. Having a few months to prepare can make for a much smoother selling experience.

If you’re a prospective home seller, here are five things you can do now to get ready for a spring sale:

Start Packing

It may sound crazy to start packing months in advance of your move, but since you’ll eventually need to do this anyway, you might as well get organized now. Boxing up items will make your space look larger and neater when it’s time to show your home. 

Clear Away the Clutter

While everyone has clutter, buyers want to see a fantasy version of your house, in which they can envision living. Once your home is on the market you’ll need to keep it as neat as possible. One way to make that easier is to reduce the amount of clutter you have on your shelves and surfaces.

Improve Your Home

While you don’t necessarily want to do a major, expensive renovation project before you sell, you can make minor repairs and improvements that will make your home look fresher to buyers. Try things such as replacing the caulk and grout in your bathroom, updating old or rusted ceiling fans and light fixtures, and changing switch plates, doorknobs and other hardware for a clean and neat appearance. Consider painting your front door and trim even if your rooms don’t need new paint.

Interview REALTORS®

Your choice of a listing agent will make a big difference in how quickly your home sells and how much of a profit you’ll realize. Get recommendations from friends and interview several listing agents to see which ones have the right experience with similar homes in your price range and area. A REALTOR® with a great marketing plan and deep local knowledge is extremely important. Don’t just go with the one who tells you they can sell for the highest price; choose someone who can present you with a detailed market analysis.  

Research Your Market

If you plan to buy another home, an important decision to make is whether to sell your home first or make an offer on a new home before putting yours on the market. A knowledgeable REALTOR® can help you evaluate how fast homes are selling in your market and help you estimate how long it will take you to find a home. This decision also depends on your financing, so you should consult with a lender and obtain a preapproval.  Read the following blog Why getting Pre-Approval for a mortgage is important? 


If you would like to discuss the current market conditions contact Kimberly McDonald with Century 21 Westcountry Realty Ltd. 4915-50 Street Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1A1 Office: (403)845-7772 Cell: (403)846-6654 Email: kimberly.mcdonald@century21.ca 


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Kimberly McDonald

Kimberly McDonald

CENTURY 21 Westcountry Realty Ltd.
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