It’s Almost March! Prepare Your Home for the Spring Market!

It’s starting to feel like spring in our greater Northampton area! (Well, sometimes….almost!)  March first is traditionally the launch time —it’s when buyers come out of hibernation, and sellers need to think about how to present their home at its most appealing.  Do you want to inspire confidence in the buyers who come to view your home?

Here is a list of five things you should do before presenting your home to the buying public. Buyers immediately notice if a home seems well-maintained.  The opposite is also true—if it looks neglected on the surface, buyers may assume that there are other problems that have gone unnoticed, mechanicals, foundation, electrical—just about anything you can think of.

FIRST—- Spruce up the exterior!

Let’s face it, the exterior of the property is the first thing a buyer will see whether online or driving by. Now is the time to make sure it looks its best.Walk around the entire exterior of the home, and conduct an assessment. Consider pressure washing, painting, having the windows cleaned, cleaning out gutters, trimming back any overgrown or dead landscaping, cleaning the front door and changing out any worn door hardware that may look old and corroded. And make sure the front doorbell actually works!

SECOND—-service the heating/cooling system!

A home inspector is going to check this anyway, so beat ’em to the punch by having the system serviced and cleaned. When was the last time it was serviced anyway? It’s better to take care of any repairs that may need addressing now versus waiting until a buyer decides to make an offer.

THIRD—do a light bulb check! Make sure all of the lightbulbs are working and free of dirt and debris. Yes, these need cleaning too — just make sure they are off. Don’t forget to check the outdoor lights as well.  This may seem minor, but again, it is the little things that add up to the total impression.  If there is a graveyard of dead insects showing through the glass on that ceiling fixture, clean it out!

FOURTH—Deep clean and Declutter!

Now is the time to give the home that deep clean it needs. Consider hiring a cleaning crew to tackle this; the more hands, the better. Deep cleaning means wiping down all of the baseboards and moldings and cleaning cabinets, appliances (including the oven) and every corner from top to bottom including light fixtures and ceiling fans. It’s also a good time to gather all those unwanted closet items together to donate as well as any unused furniture and decor. The less stuff in the house, the less there is to organize and keep clean.

FIFTH—Clean out the garage!

Often overlooked when preparing a home for sale, don’t forget this space. Make sure the garage is clean, in good repair, organized and that you can actually walk through it. Consider painting the floor or having an epoxy finish put down. And that ceiling? Buyers also look up when touring this space, so make sure any drywall cracks or loose seams are repaired.

Buyers recognize and appreciate homes that have been taken care of. Taking some time to invest in home maintenance before selling will likely yield a big payoff when it becomes offer time!

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