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Real Estate Update from Allyson Hoffman
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Get Your Home Ready to Sell This Spring
Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to look forward to spring. For many, that will include putting their home on the market. Even though it’s early in 2017, now is the time to prepare to sell your home. Here are some tips to help:
1. Find an Agent
It’s never too early to interview real estate agents who can help you to sell your home. Even if you aren’t quite ready to make contact, you can do research in advance. Try visiting your local agent’s website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Read their posts and view their current listings. This is a great starting point in getting to know potential agents.
2. Inspect Your Home
Consider having a professional inspector look at your home to reveal any repairs needing attention. If you do this now, not only do you have time to complete these tasks before listing, but this will also minimize the likelihood of inspection concerns being raised by a future buyer and provide improvements or replacements that can be highlighted in your listing.
3. Clean and Declutter
Now is the time to thin out your unnecessary possessions. The more boxes purged and closets organized the less unavoidable work you’ll need to do later. While this will make your move much easier, you’ll also ensure that your home looks as large and spacious as possible. To determine the best areas on which to focus, walk through your home with a critical eye and consult with your real estate agent for recommendations.
Even if you have a limited budget for repairs and updates, paint (which is generally affordable) provides one the largest returns for your money and effort. New paint brightens the room and makes the home feel like new. It’s one of the easiest ways to help your home sell faster. Neutral colors provide buyers with a blank canvas that helps them envision themselves in the home.
Tackling these four tasks will give you a jump start on selling your home this spring and provide some relief, knowing that you are in front of the pack as you list your current home and prepare for a move to your next one. For additional ideas on preparing your home for sale and helpful moving tips, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.
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3 Tips for Decluttering Your Home
One of the first things your real estate agent might suggest when selling your home is to declutter the space. Unless you live a minimalistic lifestyle, you probably have more possessions than you need. The following three tips should help you organize your home to ensure it is ready for potential buyers to view.
1. Organize Closets
If you have many belongings, and the only place to store them out of sight is in the closet, consider installing shelves, hooks, racks and other organizers to maximize the use of space. Because an average closet contains a lot of wasted space, the better the space is utilized with the right storage accessories, the more appealing it will be to prospective buyers.
2. Buy Multipurpose Furniture
This tip is good for when you are buying new pieces to add to your home. Look for items that have multiple uses such as ottomans or bench seats with storage underneath. Instead of buying a table for your kitchen, consider an island with cabinets or drawers for storage. While this tip is especially helpful for people who live in small homes, extra storage space is useful even in a larger home.
3. Keep Only What You Use
Tour your house to locate items that have been stored or placed on a shelf, but not used. For instance, in the kitchen you may have small infrequently-used appliances exhausting valuable counter space. In the bedroom, closets can be filled with clothing you never wear. Take an inventory of items in your home, and if you never use them, consider selling or donating them.
These three tips can make your life easier and your home more orderly whether you are moving or staying. The objective is to retain only what you use, organize everything and choose items that serve more than one purpose. If you have this mindset, you will maximize the way your home will show when it comes time to sell and minimize the work when it comes time to move. For additional information regarding the selling process, please contact me today for additional information. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.
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