When you hear someone mention the words “make ready” in real estate, do you know what they’re talking
Preparing For Your Spring Sale
Spring has finally sprung, so the Spring “selling season” will soon begin, as well. Spring happens to be a popular time for real estate, due to the milder weather and because home sellers and buyers aim to move while school is out for Summer. If you’ve you been thinking of putting your home on the market as well, here are a few things you’ll need to do to help ensure your success.
De-Clutter and De-Personalize. Some buyers have a hard time imagining their families in a home when it is overwhelmingly personalized with the current owner’s belongings. Family photos, personal mementos, and even sports memorabilia can make some buyers feel like they’re invading the homeowner’s space, rather than picturing themselves living in it. In addition, a large amount of furniture and accessories can make a room feel smaller or distract buyers from the best-selling features of the home. Therefore, a very limited and generic décor scheme is best. Leave a few pieces of artwork on the walls for color and then pack the rest. You can replace family photos in frames with inexpensive art, if needed. Keep over all color schemes in each room light and neutral, with a few accessories that add a pop of trendy colors. Make sure that windows and fireplaces are not blocked, even if you’re not currently using them. Edit furniture pieces down to a minimum to show off the space in each room. There’s value in every square foot of space in your home! For inspiration, tour a few local builder model homes.
Tackle the “Honey-Do” List. We all have those small repair items we’ve been putting off. These things might not be a big deal to you but may cause buyers to wonder if larger repairs have also been neglected. Tackling those items now will show buyers that your home has been well maintained and give the inspector fewer issues to note on their report.
Touch Up Interior Paint. One inexpensive thing that can have a large impact on a home is paint. If you have scuffs, chipped corners, nail holes, etc. in your walls, it can leave a messy impression. Since paint colors can fade over time, sometimes it’s best to scrape off a bit of the chipping paint pieces and have the color matched than to purchase the same color new. Blend the touch-ups using a dry brush technique. Don’t forget to touch up baseboards and doors for a fresh, polished look.
Get Outside. Focus on the first impression your home will make with prospective home buyers... your home’s curb appeal. Add fresh mulch and a few colorful, seasonal flowers to flower beds and pots. Plant grass seed or install sod in bald patches, and trim bushes and trees for a well-manicured look. In the back yard, make sure toys are corralled and clean up pet waste. Clean off patio furniture, grills, etc. and stage to create a nice outdoor living area. Take a quick walk around the entire exterior to look for any dried-out caulk, peeling paint, poor drainage areas, or wood rot that need to be addressed.
…and last, but certainly not least, CALL GROUPWATSON! Your home doesn’t need to be show-time ready to meet with a GroupWatson Listing Specialist! We will assist you with the preparation needed to show off your home’s best assets and can refer you to our local “preferred” contractors to help tackle your to-do list, if needed. By selling your home with GroupWatson, you’ll not only receive top-notch customer service and a custom-made marketing plan for your home, you’ll also know exactly where you stand financially prior to putting a sign in your yard, with a carefully prepared net sheet, as well receive expert guidance throughout the entire process. Call 214.682.7002 or go to www.GroupWatson.com to…
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Scott and Tammy Watson are the Owners and Team Leads for GroupWatson, Keller Williams. With 47 years of combined real estate experience, a "Client First Philosophy" is exemplified by providing excepti....