Spring Housing Market Series Part 3: Prepping Your Home for Sale

Spring is officially here and under normal conditions, we would be celebrating the kick off of the spring housing market (though it tends to start earlier in Boston). If you are considering putting your home on the market, here are some ways you can use this time at home productively to prepare while practicing social distancing.

Declutter

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It is astounding how much stuff we can collect over the years. You never realize how much there is until you have to move it. Whether you decide to hire a stager or DIY, you are going to want to channel your inner Marie Kondo and tackle the clutter. Aside from the obvious countertop space, potential buyers will open your closets and cabinets so it’s best to have them organized.

Moving and Storage

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Now that you’ve decluttered, take it one step further and move any excess furniture pieces, seasonal items, or really anything you’re not using and can pack up into storage. You’ll have a head start for when you do sell and move.

Fresh Coat of Paint/Touch Ups

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Today’s buyers want all of their HGTV dreams to come true, including white, gray, greige, and sand paint colors. You want buyers to be able to envision themselves in your space. Swapping out personal color choices for a neutral palette can help achieve both goals. If you already have neutral colors going on, some touch-ups can breathe new life into the walls and actually help your home appear cleaner and newer.

Deep Cleaning

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I’m talking baseboards, ceilings, curtains and blinds. You want your home sparkling from top to bottom. Try and eliminate any pet odors and remove any personal items such as family photos for showings.

Staging

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Though you want to limit the number of people coming in and out of your home at this time, staging is still happening at this time. According to a report from the National Associations of Realtors Research Group, 83% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home. The report also suggests staged properties sell for more money and faster.

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