Know What Your Plan Is
One huge mistake sellers make is not knowing what their plan is once they sell their home. Are you planning on buying another home once your home sells? Do you have the option to move in with family? Can you rent, if need be? Can you buy non-contingent? These are things you should think about and know the answers to before the summer real estate market hits. It’s a great idea to discuss your financing options with a local lender before you list your home for sale. If you can get pre-approved to purchase a home non-contingent, if need be, it can give you a huge advantage over any seller who is selling their home subject to finding a suitable property to purchase. I’m happy to provide you with a referral to a good, reputable lender.
Consider Having a Pre-List Inspection
One of the biggest reasons a home sale gets derailed is due to the home inspection. Most buyers will opt to have their offer contingent on an acceptable home inspection. Some buyers can even get alarmed and scared by the smallest home inspection finding. It can be easy to avoid this possibility and have your home inspected by a professional before listing it. Having a pre-list inspection is one of the top things to do before listing a home for sale.
Know Your Local Spring Real Estate Market
Every real estate community and market is different. Some summer real estate markets begin in May/early June and others begin in the middle of June. It’s important that you truly understand your local real estate market. The best way to know your local real estate market is by hiring a top REALTOR®. As your Realtor, I will advise you on current, past, and projected market conditions and also give you advice as to when you should list your home.
The time you choose to list your home for sale is critical in the summer market. If you wait too long, it’s possible you can miss that prime selling time frame. It’s a good idea to beat the summer market competition.
Clean & Organize
I know it’s cliché but it’s imperative to give your home a thorough “spring cleaning.” This doesn’t mean wait until next spring though. Be proactive and start cleaning now; you’ll be glad you didn’t wait. A huge turnoff for prospective buyers are foul odors. Things such as smoke odors and pet odors can kill home sales.
Here are just a few things to make sure you clean before listing your home:
- Wash your windows
- Dust your blinds
- Dust baseboard trims
- Clean appliances
- Clean shower(s) & toilet(s)
- Clean inside cabinets
When selling a home, it’s important that you de-clutter and organize your home, too. A great way to achieve this is by packing. It may sound silly seeing as you haven’t listed your home for sale yet, but you will need to pack at some point anyways, so why not do it now! Clean out closets and pack away anything that you don’t have a necessity for. It is incredible how much better a home will show and how much quicker it will sell if it’s organized and de-cluttered.
The summer real estate market is a great time to be selling a home. Be proactive and follow the above tips for getting ready for the summer real estate market. You will be glad you did when your home sells quickly and for a high price!