May and June are hot selling times. The days are longer, giving you more time to add colorful flowers that will boost your curb appeal. And, giving buyers more time to get out and search for a home like yours. So, if you’re thinking of making that move and putting your home on the market, here are 5 tips to help you get ready.
1. Clear the clutter
Before you put your home on the market, clear the clutter you’ve accumulated over time. Take it one room at a time. Divide items into three piles; keep, donate, and toss.
2. Start packing early
You may not want to pack all of your belongings, but it helps to get started early. Box up items that you want to keep, but won’t need for a while. Like out of season clothing or sporting equipment. Pack away sentimental, personal, emotional or valuable items. You want buyers to envision themselves living in the home they may potentially purchase.
3. Research the local market
Knowing how much the homes in your neighborhood are selling for, and how long a sale usually takes, will help you gauge your home’s market value, as well as a time frame for selling.
4. Repair and improve
Boost your home’s curb appeal. Tackle repairs and improvements inside and outside. Paint your walls a neutral color. Replace light fixtures and/or appliances that are old or damaged. Remember to clean, clean, clean! Potential buyers pay less for houses they perceive to be dirty or unkempt.
5. Be realistic
Though you may have a feel for your local market, be realistic about the selling process. Keeping your expectations in check will help to relieve some of your selling stress.