While spring is still at an arm’s length, for those who plan to sell their home this spring season, it’s never too early to start preparing. Below are five tips you can tackle now for a smoother sale later on.
Start packing. “While it may seem crazy to begin packing your home before you’ve sold it, take advantage of colder, damper climates outside by staying inside and organizing,” suggests Barbara Wolcott, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty . While you may not want to begin boxing items you plan on moving, you can definitely begin tossing old items. Go through your closets, medicine cabinets, storage spaces, basement and attic to make piles to donate and toss, so that by the time your selling season arrives, you will have purged all non-essentials.
Start staging. “A staged home is neat, clutter-free and void of personal mementos,” Wolcott explains. While there’s no need to take down the family photos just yet, clearing out clutter can often be an overwhelming process, so allotting yourself a long amount of time is ideal.
Make a maintenance list. Walk through and around your house and try to view it with fresh eyes. Are your front steps rotting? Missing shingles in your roof? An old water stain on the ceiling? Make a list of these pre-sale to-do’s and start to tackle them one by one.
Check your systems. Is your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) up to snuff? Take time to change necessary filters and ensure all is in good standing order. “While you’re at it, check your plumbing, smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector to make sure everything is good to go when it comes time to sell,” says Wolcott.
Make a plan for curb appeal. Spring is a fantastic time for curb appeal. Take a tour of your front yard and devise a plan of attack. Neatened garden beds, a fresh coat of paint on the front door, and even a small outdoor seating area can all make a huge difference to your would-be buyers.
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