5 Things to Do Now So You’re Ready to List This Summer – The recent pandemic and things going on in our world may have caused you to hit the pause button on listing your home this spring. While most of the kids are now out of school, you’re toying with the idea of wanting to list because you know you want to sell your home but trying to time the market can be tricky right now.
However, the good news is, many homebuyers are still out in full force and if homeowners wait to list their properties once all of this is over with, there may be an influx of properties on the market. This could saturate the market making it difficult for homeowners to sell for top dollar. This is why I urge anyone considering selling a property to list it now to get the most profit from the sale.
Buyers are out there and there are plenty of homeowners still gun shy about listing their property. If you can list now, you’ll have less competition and more buyers are vying for your home.
That being said, let’s talk about five things you can do now so you’re ready to list as soon as summer hits or as soon as possible.
#1. Paint everything.
Now is the time to either consider painting the outside of your house if it is peeling and at the very least paint the trim and the front door. You want your home to look as fresh and clean as possible. Then go inside and take a look at each room. Years of living in a home can cause scuffs, scrapes, and peeling paint so the time to repaint the rooms to give it a fresh look. Plus, if you have any brightly colored rooms, it’s time to telnet down with a soft beige or gray.
#2. Tackle all small repairs.
The home inspection will reveal larger issues if there are any but if you know little issues like a leaky faucet, squeaky door, or sticky window or sliding door track, it’s time to fix those issues. If buyers see that the little issues haven’t been taken care of properly, they’re going to assume larger issues are a problem as well., Make a list and go through your home tackling these minor repairs one by one. If you’re unsure because many of us become blind to idiosyncrasies and problems in our home, ask a trusted friend, neighbor, or your real estate agent to point out issues that might be a concern to buyers.
#3. Pack up half of everything in rooms and in storage areas.
If you’re planning on moving anyway you’ll need to pack everything so start now by packing up half of the items on bookshelves, counters, drawers, cupboards, pantries, and closets. Buyers want to see that there is plenty of room and now is a great time to de-clutter anyway. Consider donating, selling, or throwing away items you no longer use, need, or that you know you’re not going to move with to the next house.
#4. Return rooms back to what they were originally intended to be.
This might not apply to everyone but if you’ve turned your dining room into an office, it’s time to convert that back to a dining room. Each room should be staged and presented as it was originally intended. Bedrooms should be staged with a bed, nightstand, dresser, and other furniture if there’s plenty of room. Bathrooms should be well-staged, dining rooms should be set ready for listing photos, and family rooms should look like you’re ready to pull out a board game. It’s hard to keep a home staged while it’s on the market but a good rule of thumb is to not create any mess that cannot be cleaned up within 30 minutes or less.
#5. Start determining how much profit you’ll need.
Take inventory of your finances when it comes to your house. If you still have mortgage payments, figure out how much you’ll need to pay off your mortgage as well as any closing costs and real estate commissions. Start looking at similar homes so you have an idea of how to price your property and start meeting with real estate agents to find the best person to sell your home.
I’ve worked the Schaumburg, Roselle, and Barrington area for decades and would love to help you sell your home for top dollar. If you think you’re ready to list, start with these five steps in preparing your home for sale and when you’re ready, contact me at any time for a free listing presentation. 1-630-479-9479
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