It may only be fall, but it’s not too soon to begin the process of preparing your home for the spring selling season. Fall / Winter is the ideal time for you to start making your home for the parade of prospective buyers that will come through in the spring.
Tackling home projects during the winter months can boost your chances of making a quick, turnkey sale come spring. To get your home ready for spring showings and open houses, striking now while the weather is cold is essential. Don't wait around to make sure your home is ready for its close-up.
Preparing your home
Here are a few things you as a seller can do now to get their home ready for the spring selling season.
1. Get your home inspected. By having your home inspected before the spring selling season can give you more time to make repairs. Additionally, you might find it easier to find a contractor since many are looking for work during the less busy winter months. 2. Give your home a once-over. Take a look at your home with a critical eye and eliminate any issues a home inspector may discover. Make sure all items are up to code, seal any cracks, fix a leaky roof, etc. 3. Landscape. It may be a while before the trees fill out and gardens repopulate, but sellers don’t have to put their landscaping plans on hold. Winter is a great time to spruce up landscaping by trimming hedges and cleaning up flowerbeds. 4. Declutter. Cold winter days are perfect for taking on indoor projects, such as cleaning closets. Decluttering can make a house look more spacious -- and, as a bonus, it might even help clear your mind. 5. Change paint colours. Specific paint colours may not appeal to a wide range of buyers. Consult a REALTOR® for helpful tips on choosing paint colours that will show off your home. 6. Consider financial obstacles. Think about how much money you’ll need to make off the sale to ensure financial stability. Liens and second mortgages should also be considered. 7. Be an early bird. To increase your chances of getting your home sold first, be the first to the market before it is flooded with competition.