So you have decided to sell your home in the spring. Now is the time to prepare! The majority of home sales occur between March and end of June. Why? Because families want to close before end of August when their children return to school. Knowing where a family will live gives them time to explore schools and register their children.
GET THAT PAPERWORK TOGETHER!
The first thing you should do is make sure that you have all of the necessary paperwork you’ll need to begin the selling process. Some of the items you will need are the deed, status of your current mortgage and receipts for any improvements or upgrades you’ve made. A mortgage lender can help with the particulars. Having all of those receipts for that new water heater you put in last year, or upgrades to your home will come in handy. Also, if you have kept warranties to all of your appliances, especially if they were recently replaced, that is nice to present to a potential buyer.
PREPARING YOUR HOME
This is a critical factor in how people will view your house and how soon you can receive an offer. Start by looking at all of those possessions you’ve collected throughout the years. What items or furniture can be tossed, given to charity or stored? Keep that list. Also, if tend to be a collector, remember the more open a room looks with less of your personal pictures or memorabilia, the more the buyer can imagine the home as their own. Lots of “stuff”. May consider renting a POD if you have room on your property to store everything and go through at your leisure. Also can rent storage unit and have everything taken out. If you are good at organizing yourself, put labels on everything with “Keep”, “Sell”, “Send”, or “Give to charity.” There is an organization called “Junkluggers” which, for a price, will take anything you want to give away. They first will donate to various charities like Goodwill, find new homes for your items or trash anything left over. Leaves you more time for thinking about selling.
What can you do to freshen up the house before showing? Does it need a new coat of paint? If so, neutral colors throughout home bright its presentation. Do all of the appliances, carpets, wood floors and windows need a professional cleaning? Are there small items that need fixing like a leaky faucet, door knobs, door frames off tracks, peeled paint, bricks need replacing on your patio? Take a look at your house as if you were going to see if for the first time! Would you buy it?
GET A PRE-INSPECTION
Now, everyone doesn’t do this. But, if you happen to have an older home where there is an old oil tank in basement or perhaps you had some leaks under the eaves of the house, it may save you money, time and a possible sale gone bad if you know what needs to be fixed and fix it! A clean inspection by potential buyer makes the sale go so much more quickly.
There are many factors that determine what should be the listing price. This includes condition, size, property, but most importantly market conditions. Meeting with a real estate agent and signing up for an MLS account is a good way for you to get an idea of what house prices go for in your neighborhood. You can research what is active, as well as what has sold within the last year.
Ready to sell?
Any questions? Don’t hesitate to call or text me at 914-523-5087
Barbara Bartell, CPC, SRES
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Keller Williams NY Realty
White Plains, New York 10605