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Get Your Home on the Market before the Spring Rush

As we start the new year, there is always an increase in the number of home sellers that want to put their homes on the market for the Spring season. While buyer interest does often pick up at this time of year, the number of homes on the market is so high your home may not receive the attention it deserves due to the increase in competition. If you too want to sell your home in the coming months, it would be a good idea to beat the rush and get your home on the market as soon as possible. Here are ten things to do NOW so you can get your home listed in the next 30 days.

1. Take down all of your interior and exterior holiday decorations. Nothing will distract buyers more than Christmas decorations in February.

2. Pack up excess belongings in your home whether it is furniture, out of season clothing or anything else. A clutter-free home will show much better than one with furnishings filling every available space.

3. Eliminate all the dead and drab from your yard. Leaves, limbs and other debris that are laying around your yard need to be cleared out.

4. Add some color to the outside for curb appeal. With many things not growing this time of year, even a small pop of color will help your home stand out.

5. Take the time daily to open blinds and curtains before you leave for the day. Some showings won’t provide much notice so you may not have time to make last minute preparations so adding this to your morning routine will make sure your home is ready no matter where you are.

6. Eliminate signs of your pets as much as you can. If you normally leave pet bowls and beds sitting out all the time, find a place to store them when they aren’t being used, so they aren’t so obvious during showings.

7. Purchase new towels for the kitchen and baths to display on the towel racks or countertops (and don’t use them.)

8. Don’t prepare foods with smells that linger. It can be hard to smell your home when you live in it all the time, but visitors will notice odors right away. Try not to cook bacon, garlic, fish and other items with strong smells.

9. Add a fresh centerpiece to your dining room table.

10. Call your trusted real estate agent and discuss what else you should be doing to prepare your home for the market and begin discussions about price and other contract details you will need to finalize.

These are all simple things you can handle in a day but will pay off greatly when your home is on the market to help it stand out from the crowd.

Christine Topham
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Holiday Decorating While Your Home is for Sale

If you are one of the few brave individuals that is trying to sell your home during the holiday season, it can be challenging to find a balance between your holiday decorations and a beautifully staged home that buyers will love. Don’t take this as a deterrent from selling your home this time of year. It really can be a great time for your home to get more attention when there are frequently fewer homes on the market and the buyers that are looking are often more serious. With a little sacrifice on your side (depending on your usual decorating style), you can still have a festive home for the holidays while trying to sell your home. Where should you start?

If your holiday style swings more in the direction of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation than Martha Stewart, you will need to make some adjustments but you don’t have to skip decorating all together. Throughout the process, take a minimalist approach that will allow the natural beauty of your home to show through and not be hidden behind a dozen trinkets in every room. One or two pieces of stylish and simple décor per room should be the goal.

What should you do about your Christmas tree? You normally select the largest one that will fit in your house and it partially blocks the fireplace so the lights twinkle just right in your picture window for all the neighbors to see. This year, downsize your tree so your cozy fireplace can be seen (and have a lot fewer pine needles to vacuum up come January.)

If you usually go all out in the yard with multiple light displays and cords running in every direction, pick one or two items and place them in areas that won’t become hazards for buyers walking through the yard. If a buyer is really considering your home, they will likely want to walk through the yard as well and tripping over Santa on their way to the storage shed won’t leave them ready to make an offer. If decorations are outside, consider placing them in a flower bed or another area that isn’t likely to see any traffic.

Don’t feel like you must completely neglect the outside. An evergreen wreath with a bright bow or holly berries on the front door can improve curb appeal during an often drab season when most things outside are brown. Consider adding a large poinsettia to your dining room table. The color will be beautiful and festive.

For many home buyers, seeing your tree can evoke an emotional response that may be to your benefit. Use that emotion to your advantage to get them off the fence and writing an offer. The right decorating can do just that. Ultimately, let your focus be to make your home inviting and the right decorations can accomplish that no matter the season. Then, next year when you are in your new home, you can pull out all of the decorations and leave no spot unglittered.

Christine Topham
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Can you Sell Your Home in the 4th Quarter?

When you are ready to sell your house, you may not always want to or have time to wait for the Spring market. If you attempt to sell your home during the fourth quarter, is it even possible or should you give up before you start? Here’s the real answer on when you should sell your home.

The truth is, you need to position your home for the current market when you are ready to sell. What does that mean about the fourth quarter? Don’t assume you can’t sell it when in fact there are some significant advantages to listing your home in the fourth quarter.

The most significant advantage you will have if you attempt to sell your home during the final quarter of the year is the lack of available homes on the market. Many people don’t want to be bothered with selling their home during the latter part of the year. Whether they have holiday plans that it might interfere with, family visiting or want to relax, many people don’t want to sell then meaning competition is significantly less giving your home more attention then it might get during the HOT spring market.

At the same time, many sellers don’t want to sell their home; many buyers also don’t want to be inconvenienced with shopping for a home at this time of the year. What does that mean for you? While there are fewer homes on the market and fewer buyers shopping, the ones that are shopping for a home are much more severe than during other seasons. Job changes and other reasons for moving sometimes dictate when someone must buy a home. If you change jobs and have to move in November, you may need to buy a house even if it isn’t the most convenient time for you. With fewer homes to choose from, your home may get some attention it wouldn’t ordinarily get when buyers have a multitude of homes to select from.

If you do decide to try selling your home this time of year, make the best of it with tasteful decorating for the season. Even if you usually, cover every surface of your home with Christmas decorations, consider scaling back this year, so your home is more appealing and not overwhelming for people to look through.

This means that selling in the fourth quarter won’t require you to sacrifice your price to get the job done. Price your home for the current market and make sure to discuss with your agent the time frame you are hoping to sell in.

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Secure Your Home While It’s for Sale

When you are ready to sell your home, there are many things that you will need to take care of to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Many people never think about the safety and security of their home and possessions and just list their home right away but the take the time to make necessary precautions so your home will be protected from unnecessary risks.

Probably the most important thing you can do is to not allow individuals into your home to look at it that aren’t accompanied by a real estate agent and have an appointment in advance. People shouldn’t just knock on your door and want to see your home right away and if they do, it is perfectly acceptable and encouraged for you to advise them to call your listing agent so they can schedule an appointment to view your property.

It is also advisable for you to secure your home and its possessions from those that are looking at it. Don’t leave valuables lying around in your home such as jewelry, money or small electronics. It is also a good idea to remove any prescription medications from the property while it is being shown. While most buyers and their agents are honest and won’t touch a thing, you may wind up with someone looking at your home that doesn’t have the best intentions and decides to take something with them when they are walking through.

Don’t allow the bushes and trees surrounding your home and property to become overgrown. Aside from detracting from your curb appeal and looking anything but inviting, overgrown landscaping can allow a place for those with less than honest intentions to hide.

If you are having an open house while your home is for sale, make sure you are attentive to those visiting your home. While you don’t have to follow right behind them, you should still be close by while they are walking through. If you had multiple people viewing the house at the same time, when the open house is over, make a thorough check of your home to make sure everyone has left and nothing is missing.

Lastly, if you are thinking about selling your home by yourself, hiring a real estate agent can provide you a lot of security and take some of the pressure off of you. Your agent will take responsibility for scheduling appointments and showing the house to interested buyers as well as be present at any open houses so you don’t have to be.

Christine Topham
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