Tips for Sellers Preparing for the Spring Real Estate Market
Saturday Mar 03rd, 2018Share
Whether sellers are listing their houses for the first time or revisiting the market after a break over the winter, spring is a popular time for homeowners to list their properties. It's a busy season and one with heaps of competition - everyone is vying for that coveted SOLD sign.
As such, it's important for sellers to be in prime showing position well before the market reaches its peak.
Thinking of selling your Mississauga home this spring? Here's what you can do now to be ready:
Interview Potential Realtors
One of the most important things to do when selling your home is to find an experienced real estate sales representative to represent you. If you don't have a trusted realtor already in your corner, then you'll want to get recommendations from friends, family and colleagues, and start interviewing right away. A good listing agent should have a solid marketing plan, experience, and extensive knowledge about your area and market. Don't simply choose the one who will tell you that they will sell your home for the highest price; choose the realtor who presents you the most realistic plan and well-researched analysis.
There's no way to know how long it will take to sell your home - the market will largely dictate that outcome. To make sure that you are ready for whatever it throws your way, it is best to be prepared for any result by packing your belongings now.
As you are packing, this is a great opportunity to clear clutter and stage your surroundings. Prospective buyers are going to want to step into your home and see a place they can visualize living in. The best way to do this is by creating a blank slate. Keep it neat, depersonalized and free from mess. The goal is to showcase your home, not distract buyers with your travel photos, knickknacks and collections.
Make Sensible Improvements
The last thing anyone wants to do before they sell their home is to invest a lot of money into an extensive renovation. However, there are smart repairs and improvements that offer great value and return. Here are some enhancements to consider:
- Add fresh paint on dingy walls, ceiling and trim
- Replace worn carpets with new neutral broadloom
- Updated door hardware
- Re-fresh the front door with new paint
- Replace burnt out light bulbs
- Clean windows to let in more light
- Re-grout tile and re-caulk bathroom and kitchen surfaces
- Update faucets throughout the home
- Change outdated light fixtures
- Boost curb appeal by tidying up landscaping
- Clean and arrange outdoor furniture
- Plant flowers suitable for early spring for a pop of colour
The more you can do now to prepare your home for the spring market will save you a great deal of grief and stress when it comes time to list.
Your Mississauga Real Estate Sales Representative
As a qualified realtor, I work closely with my clients to navigate the competitive spring real estate market, price their home accordingly and aim for a successful sale. I also handle all aspects of your home's real estate marketing initiatives, which means no upfront or additional costs to you.
To learn more about my array of comprehensive home selling services or to schedule a free no obligation home evaluation, please contact me by clicking here. You can also follow along on Facebook where I share additional home buying and selling tips, as well as up-to-the-minute real estate news in Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area.