Happy New Year! We’re still a few days away from 2018, but that just means we have more time to plan our resolutions. Many homeowners are looking to sell their Westfield home in the new year. If you’re thinking of selling your home, you should know that it’s never too early to begin planning!
In fact, we’ve prepared a quick list of some simple things you can do to get ready. Spring is considered the top home selling season, but that doesn’t mean you have to begin preparing once the temperature begins to rise. By getting an early start, you’re setting yourself up for real estate success.
So, here’s 4 things you can do to prepare to sell your home in the spring.
New Jersey winters can get cold. While you’re stuck indoors hiding from the freezing temperatures, why not take on a few indoor projects? Go through each room in your home and get rid of everything you don’t need.
Consider setting up an eBay account to sell all those outgrown clothes or never-been-used appliances. If eBay isn’t your jam, consider donating all your excess items to a local charity.
One of the most important parts of staging your home to sell is making sure its thoroughly de-cluttered. This includes your furniture. Think about storing excess pieces of furniture when it comes time to actually sell. You can read more about home-staging tips here.
Do Some Home Improvements
First, get a home inspection. This way, you’ll have plenty of time to plan for major home improvements before you actually sell. The inspection will also give you a good starting point for smaller home improvements.
Plus, many contractors are less busy during the colder months, so it may be easier to schedule those bigger repairs.
Update Some Fixtures
If you have any outdated fixtures, like door handles, light switches, and bathroom faucets, look into replacing them with more aesthetically pleasing models. Instead of a traditional light switch, consider installing dimmers.
Little fixes like this will improve your home’s overall value, and add stylish touches to your interior.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
Don’t get too crazy with the colors, but there’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to woo potential home buyers. Take a look at our previous blog post about color palettes for inspiration.
Perform Some Market Research
Do you know much homes in your neighborhood typically sell for? Spend some time researching the local real estate market to get a better feel for selling your home.
We offer a complimentary market report with information for home-sellers in the area.
Begin Interviewing Real Estate Agents
When it comes to selling your home, you can’t work with just anyone. You need a trusted professional who will stop at nothing to get you the results you need. It’s also important to work with someone who knows the area like the back of their hand, and can provide you with in-depth market knowledge and area information.
As a long-time New Jersey real estate agent, I possess a unique area expertise. Not only am I a seasoned marketer, I have moved home 15 times (including 3 international relocations) so I am well versed with the many complexities of selling a home and relocating.
If you ever have any questions about selling a home in Northern New Jersey, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I take great pleasure in helping my clients make the best decisions possible in real estate.