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Selling Your Home This Spring? Follow This Checklist

If you’re looking to sell your home this spring, you’re not alone. The number of houses sold tends to peak in early to mid-May, making spring the most popular selling season. So, how can you make your house more attractive than others?

Start simple.

The best time to start is today so get your home in order with easy projects and small repairs.

Make sure all systems like your furnace are in working order. Paint areas with chipped or faded paint. Put a welcome mat outside. Make sure your doorknob and keys turn easily. Now is the time to prepare before you’re rushing to get bigger things done.

Declutter your home.

Minimize your personal items and knick-nacks when you’re trying to showcase your fabulous home. Get rid of anything you don’t need anymore and rent a storage space for things you don’t need right now.

Focus on curb appeal.

Your home should be just as beautiful outside and inside. Hire a landscaper or take it upon yourself to mow the lawn, trim the trees and tend to the gardening. Plant flowers or fill window boxes and make sure the exterior paint is in tip-top shape.

Hire a stager.

What works for you might not be up to date with current interior design trends. You have to target the buyer demographic in your area.

If you’re selling a grandmother’s house in an area with young, first-time home buyers, you won’t do well. You want to minimize tchotchkes and lose outdated furniture so the whole house looks fresh.

Take down some (not all) family photos.

While it’s important to depersonalize your home, you still want to give buyers the rightful appearance of what the place might look like after they move in. Photos can connect sellers and buyers.

Partner with a professional photographer.

Use an agent that’s working with a photographer so you have the best display available online.

Always be prepared for a showing.

Last-minute or surprise showings can always happen so make sure your home is always clean and orderly.

Find the best price for you and the buyer.

A well-priced home that shows well will sell in any market. If the home isn’t sold in 30 days or less, listen to feedback and make adjustments. It’s the buyer that will ultimately determine the value. Not the seller or sales associate.

Bottom Line

If you want to sell or buy a house for a great deal, just reach out to me, and I’ll assist you every step of the way!

About the Author
Ian Rusnell
Throughout his 15-year real estate career, Ian Rusnell has earned admiration and respect from clients and industry professionals alike for his dedicated service, trustworthiness, and results. He & the RE/MAX brand are part of a company with a powerful local and international presence, as well as a reputation for always putting clients first. Ian, who first made a name for himself in Playa del Rey, has since become a recognized agent throughout the South Bay and Silicon Beach.