We know, it’s getting cold outside and you’re ready to settle in for the winter. Even if you’ve got that itch to sell your house and move on, winter might not be your preferred time to move. But, before you go completely into hibernation mode, you should know that selling your house in the spring means you need to start now. Selling a home can be a complex process, and for everything to go smoothly, it’s a good idea to do what you can to get a head start on that process.
Handle home repairs
Take a critical look at your home. What are buyers going to notice when they show up for that first walk-through? Be honest and consider what needs to be repaired, what needs to be painted, what needs to be completely redone, which appliances need maintenance. Then, get started on your list so the home will be ready to list when you’re ready to put it on the market.
Get the clutter out
Getting rid of clutter is essential for properly staging a home to sell. Getting rid of clutter can also be a large task. You need to remove clutter from your house; stuffing it in closets, basements, garages or attics just makes your storage space less appealing to potential buyers. They want to see the closets, basements, garages and attics too. Spend some time going through and removing unwanted items from you house. Donate them to thrift stores, plan for a garage sale, give it away for Christmas presents, just get rid of it!
Start the deep cleaning
You know the hard-to-clean areas of your home. You want them to sparkle when you put it on the market. Start scrubbing hard-to-clean areas now and maintain them so you’ll be ready for listing photos come spring. Attack pesky carpet or counter stains, scrub shower doors and tiles, wash the walls, don’t forget about the inside of your stove, refrigerator and cabinets.
As you clean your home, you’ll likely find more clutter that needs to be removed or areas of your home that could use repairs or paint. This is why it’s important to get an early start.
Get to know your neighborhood
While cosmetic improvements and repairs will help you sell your home more quickly once you list it, you don’t want to improve it above and beyond what is consistent with the neighborhood. Everything should be in working order, but before you invest too much money in remodels or major improvements, be sure you aren’t investing in features that will actually make it harder to sell your home in your neighborhood. A real estate agent can help you get an idea of what is consistent with your area.
Although this may not sound like a fun way to spend the winter months indoors, it will help prepare you for a hassle-free sale come spring. And, you won’t need to worry about packing up the clutter you don’t even want after you sell your home quickly!