Punxsutawney Phil predicted another 6 weeks of winter, but aside from last weekend’s brutal cold snap this winter has been mild so far. With no snow on the ground and daytime temps staying above freezing for a while, we can see the beginnings of an early spring market for home sales. So if a move is on the cards for you this spring, it pays to start preparing now. Here are a few tips to ensure you can sell with confidence and get a head start on the competition.
Get Your House in Order.
One of the best things you can do now to get your home market-ready is declutter. Getting rid of any furniture, clothing and other items you no longer need will not only make your home easy to show, it will also help you with packing for your move. Our CEO and Owner, Laurie Cadigan, has some expert tips on decluttering especially if you are downsizing – watch her recent seminar here. Another way to present your home in the best light is invest in interior painting. A fresh coat of paint can completely change the look of a home – choose a light, neutral color that will appeal to all. Fixing any damaged or broken fixtures is also best practice so that buyers are not put off by small issues. If you are considering larger repairs or renovations, such as replacing a kitchen or bathroom, first consult with your realtor to determine whether you will get a return on your investment.
Show Your Best Face.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make sure the exterior of your home is looking tidy and smart to appeal to buyers. Getting your windows cleaned can make a huge difference, both in photos and in real life. Although there is not much greenery on display at this time of year, you can still make the most of your yard or beds by getting plants and scrubs trimmed back, clearing any remaining leaves, and sweeping pathways clean. If your front door is looking a little tired, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint and new door furniture to make it shine. For more ideas read our blog on how to improve your home’s curb appeal, with some specific tips for the Boston winter.
Bring In the Professionals.
One of the most important decisions you can make when selling – or buying - a home is who you choose as your realtor. A good realtor can make the difference between a stressful or a successful experience. Our experienced realtors will guide you through the entire process, from preparing for sale to closing, and let you know what to expect at every step of the way. They work collaboratively with the entire Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty team on everything from pricing to marketing to ensure your home gets the most exposure and the best possible price and terms. You can get tips on finding the right realtor to sell your home in our blog.
So don't wait until the flowers bloom - get in touch with us now if you want to sell your home this spring!