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Tips To Help You Sell Your Home This Spring

Tips To Help You Sell Your Home This Spring
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BY KITT WALSH

Spring has sprung and, unless Mother Nature throws us a curveball and drops some snow on us at this late date, it looks like the warmer weather is here to stay. School is soon to be out and that means homebuyers come outside as hungry as caterpillars. If you are thinking about downsizing or upsizing to accommodate your elderly parent, now is the time to make your plans.

Here are some tips to help:

Schedule a home inspection: Inspectors get busier as the weather heats up and getting an inspection now can save you lots of surprises later. You can get a jump on any needed repairs the inspection discloses.

De-Clutter: Use this good weather to run around and get rid of the lifetime of junk you have accumulated. Donate clothes and toys. Take books/albums and CDs to your library or local nursing home. Throw away what you don’t need (and be tough on yourself. Piling things in the garage doesn’t count.) Consider hiring a home staging specialist to help make your home look like a model.

Get real about “Spring Cleaning”: Now is the time to scrub every surface of your home– from ceiling moldings to hardwood floors. Assume any potential buyers will be wearing white gloves. Wash or dry-clean curtains and bedspreads, get the carpets professionally cleaned (or replace them), make all the windows shine. Don’t forget vents, fans and behind appliances.

Give everything a fresh coat of paint: Nothing spruces up a home for so little money. Go for neutral colors on interior rooms with complementary accents on moldings and baseboards, so that the buyer can more readily see their furnishings in the home.

Consider new flooring: Hardwood floors are always in vogue and the new laminates mimic them very well with much less maintenance. If you already have wood floors, determine if they need refinishing. Schedule work to be completed about two weeks before the showings start (leaving less time for the floor to get scratched or dull.)

Check weather-stripping, screens and caulking: Seasonal changes in temperature havoc with weather-stripping. Replace any that is cracked and any ripped screens. Add new caulking around faucet, toilets and bathtubs.

Assemble your paperwork: Gather utility bills, home warranties, original sales papers, previous inspections, tax receipts and mortgage documents in one place for both the realtor and potential buyers to view. Net is so focused on providing their customers with the best services possible, it is no surprise that they have the most experienced and highly qualified writers. There are also more companies answering their plea to: “write an essay for me” and some are much better than others.
Check the local building department to see if you have any outstanding permits, judgments, liens or boundary issues concerning your property. All will take a little time to resolve.

Make a list of outside work: Have your house repainted outside, including the front door. Clean the outside windows. Replace the mailbox and house numbers. Set out new welcome mats. Have everything pressure washedwalks, driveway, porches, decks and any siding (which should also be checked for damage).

Schedule a landscape cleanup: Have overgrown trees, shrubs and bushes trimmed. Have stray leaves and sticks removed and unused garden beds attractively mulched. Plant spring daffodils and crocuses in front beds, window boxes, and pretty pots near your doors. Switch them out with hardy summer flowers as the temperature rises.

Bring a little nature inside: Color—whether it be floral pillows or your African violet collection–will help potential buyers remember your home. Spray (lightly) a floral room scent near the front door. Keep scented wipes for quick cleaning, a sliced lemon to throw down the disposal, and a basket near the door for muddy shoes—in case of last-minute showings.

 

 

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Kitt Walsh owns a web content company, Behind Blogs (http://www.behindblogs.com), is a regular contributor to CNN Money, a public speaker on Social Media, a book editor and ghostwriter, and freelances as a feature writer, editor and marketing consultant for magazines, newspapers and private clients around the world.