Prepare Now to Sell Your Home in the Spring
If you are planning to sell your home in the spring, now is an excellent time to begin the process. I know what you are thinking. Now? Really? Spring is seven months in the future? I wasn’t planning to even think about the logistics of putting my home on the market until after the winter holidays. Has Joe lost his mind!
Believe me when I say my sanity is not at risk. There is logic at the heart of what appears to be madness. For those organized, pulled together people who prefer to plan for major events, this is going to resonate with you. For others who feel they perform best under pressure, I’m hoping to convert you. Here are several reasons that make the argument for getting a head start on the spring competition.
Give Yourself the Gift of Time
Selling a home, even facing the best of circumstances, is a life-altering, stressful experience. The luxury of time goes a long way to reducing the pressure of working against the clock when there may be many more demands on your time. Starting the process sooner provides you the grace to prioritize work and family responsibilities over home-selling tasks when necessary. This alone is a huge stress reducer and worth its weight in bitcoin!
Get a Headstart on the Spring Competition
In the Twin Cities, the spring market will burst on the scene sometime after the Superbowl. (February 2 next year) The weather is the key. If it is a mild winter without much snow houses will start hitting the market in force by February/March.
Conversely, if February is a frigid and snowy month, more likely, the market will bust out in March or even April. It’s pretty fluid. When you have all the heavy lifting involved with selling your home in the rearview mirror by the Monday after the Superbowl, you will have the advantage over sellers who procrastinated.
The Time to Shoot Outdoor Photos is Now
If you have fabulous, manicured landscaping and a tripped out deck or patio that is a high selling point. However, if you’re listing your home in early spring before the leaves are on the trees, the lawn is green, or flowerbeds are showing color, the impact on buyers is minimal. Photos depicting the peak of the season, with colorful blooms bursting out of window boxes, containers, planters and flower beds will promote your curb and yard appeal even if there is still snow on the ground. Designate outside images as the first task on your seller’s to-do list.
Tackle the Exterior
Between late summer and the first frost is the best time to deal with repairs and touchups on the outside of your home. Keep in mind that curb appeal is a critical factor in how buyers rate the favorability of your property. Think of the importance of first impressions. Complete the tasks you will not be able to deal with later such as restaining the deck, painting the front door and touching up the trim. Be sure to do regular fall maintenance chores like cleaning out the gutters and raking the leaves.
Hire a Realtor
We are moving into the slow season for real estate, which makes this the ideal time to hire a professional to list your home. A Realtor is a perfect guide to advise you on what updates you might consider making to your home to get the best and highest offer. Enlisting an agent now provides more time to strategize and develop a unique marketing plan for your home. There are many moving pieces like decluttering, staging, scheduling professional photographs, and promotional strategy to put in motion.
A listing agent is probably not the only help you will need on your home-selling journey. A real estate professional is in the best position to make recommendations that will suit your personality and particular needs. It’s wise to take advantage of the experience your Realtor has acquired over years of assisting hundred’s of homeowners sell their property.
Picture the kickoff of the Twin Cities spring real estate market with frigid temperatures and late winter slosh on the ground. Visualize your home shining at its highest potential because you began your preparation early. Envision you at the closing table, smiling as you move on to your next home.
As always, thanks for reading.
You know where to find me. Joe Houghton
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