5 Tips To Sell Your Home In The Spring

Dated: 03/06/2015

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In the video below, I went over 5 tips to selling your home in the spring market.  Even though there is still snow on the ground and frigid temperatures, before you know it, spring will be here. Historically, the spring is when the housing market really begins to heat up and yes, pun intended. The spring real estate market generally brings the highest sale prices for those selling their house. This is only possible if the proper preparations are completed by the sellers well before spring actually blesses our frozen tundra!

If you’re thinking of selling your house in the spring, you must know that even though you may receive top dollar for your home, the competition will be the highest and today’s buyers are savvier than ever. This means it’s absolutely critical that you have prepared for the spring housing market so that buyers have no reason to not purchase your beautiful home. Here’s 5 tips so that you’re fully prepared for the spring market.

1.  Interview REALTORS®

It doesn't matter what time of year you decide to sell your home but it’s extremely important when selling a home, that you know how to interview real estate agents. As spring approaches, the top producing REALTORS® will only continue to get busier. Make sure you start reaching out to the agents, like us, you think would represent your home best and would ultimately sell your home faster and for top dollar.

2.  Know What Your Plan Is

It is important to be on the same page as your agent to make sure you establish a selling strategy for your home at the beginning of the listing process. The most basic thing you can do is create a to-do list as soon as possible. This will help you break the home selling process into different manageable tasks while dividing them into specific time ranges. By taking this approach you will feel less overwhelmed and able to remain focused longer. It will also help you track the status of the tasks you are working on.  One things we do for our clients is we pay for a stager to come into our sellers’ homes for a consultation.  The stagers is there to provide a detailed room by room list of what needs to be done to make the home most attractive to the majority of buyers.

3.  Consider Having a Pre-List Inspection

One of the biggest reasons a home sale gets derailed is due to the home inspection. Most buyers will have their offer contingent upon a home inspection. Some buyers can even be scared by the smallest home inspection finding. This can easily be avoided by having your home inspected by a professional before listing it.   It is typically cheaper to fix items prior listing the home than negotiate with the buyers demands.  I work with a great inspector that we use that has saved our sellers thousands of dollars and potential failed offers.

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4.  Make Social Media Your Best Friend

Hopefully your real estate agent is doing a full marketing blitz to take full advantage of getting your home seen by thousands of consumers online and off. While that is expected by your real estate agent, as a homeowner you can also take advantage of social media to draw positive attention to your home. Post pictures on Facebook, Instagram, write a blog about it, and/or email your friends that your home is for sale and get the word out on all the other social sites you visit.  One word of advice, please keep your posting and photos positive as I’ve seen other sellers post negative items like “just found another dead mouse in the house” or “can’t wait to move away from my obnoxious neighbors.”

The best part is, social media is completely free or very inexpensive to flood the world wide web with news about your home for sale. Whatever your online activity and presence is, use it to your advantage!  The more eyes that see your home….the greater the opportunity a buyers finds your home.

5.  Clean & Organize

I know this has been said a million times before but it’s so important to give your home a thorough “spring cleaning.” Be proactive and start cleaning now; you’ll be glad you didn’t wait until the day before photos. A huge turnoff for prospective buyers are foul smells and general uncleanliness. Things such as smoke and pet odors, stained carpets, nasty bathrooms, and filthy appliances can kill home sales.

Here is list of items to make sure you clean before listing your home:

  • Wash your windows or hire someone to do it

  • Dust your blinds

  • Dust the baseboards

  • Clean appliances inside and out

  • Wipe off air vent covers

  • Clean showers, tubs & toilets

  • Wipe off the years of dust from the ceiling fans

  • Clean inside cabinets as buyers look everywhere!

When selling a home, it’s important that you de-clutter and organize your home, too. A great way to achieve this goal is by packing right away. It may sound odd since you haven’t listed your home for sale yet, but you will need to pack at some point, so why not do it now! Clean out closets and pack away anything that you don’t need in the immediate future. It is incredible how much better a home will show and how much quicker it will sell if it’s organized and de-cluttered.  Plus, we all have junk and items that we can purge from our homes.

The spring real estate market is a great time to sell a house. Just because our spring market doesn’t begin until mid-April doesn't mean you should wait to get your home ready for the market. Be proactive and follow the above 5 tips for getting ready for the spring real estate market. You will be glad you did when your home sells quickly and for a high price!

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Happy Selling and thank you for reading our 5 tips to sell your home in the spring.

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David Nelson

2016 Associate of the Year - RE/MAX Advantage Plus 2016 Platinum Award winner - Individual 2016 Titan Award - Imperial Home Team Twin Cities Real Estate Agent of the Month - December 2016 Member of th....

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