Prepare Now To Sell Your Home In Spring

Prepare Now To Sell Your Home In Spring

Sitting around fireplace with some hot chocolate and thinking you might want to sell your home in the spring and move somewhere warm?  Now is a perfect time to do that internet research and where you may want to move, but more importantly get all of the papers you need to list your house, assess what you may want to take with you or leave, and how your house may need some freshening up to make it marketable.

Planning in Advance
The first thing you should do is make sure that you have all of the necessary paperwork you’ll need to begin the selling process. Some of the items you will need are the deed, status of your current mortgage and receipts for any improvements or upgrades you’ve made. A mortgage lender can help with the particulars. Having all of those receipts for that new water heater you put in last year, or upgrades to your home will come in handy. Also, if you have kept warranties to all of your appliances, especially if they were recently replaced, that is nice to present to a potential buyer.

Preparing Your Home
This is a critical factor in how people will view your house and how soon you can receive an offer. Start by looking at all of those possessions you’ve collected throughout the years. What items or furniture can betossed, given to charity or stored?  Keep that list.  Also, if tend to be a collector, remember the more open a room looks with less of your personal pictures, the more the buyer can imagine the home as their’s.

What can you do to freshen up the house before showing? Does it need a new coat of paint? If so, neutral colors throughout home bright its presentation. Do all of the appliances, carpets, wood floors and windowsneed a professional cleaning? Are there small items that need fixing like a leaky faucet, door knobs, peeled paint on door frames, missing, bricks need replacing on your patio? Take a look at your house as if you were going to see if for  the first time!

Get a pre-inspection

Now, everyone doesn’t do this. But, if you happen to have an older home where there is an old oil tank in basement or perhaps you had some leaks under the eaves of the house, it may save you money, time and a possible sale gone bad if you know what needs to be fixed and fix it! A clean inspection by potential buyer makes the sale go so much more quickly.

Listing your Home in the Spring
There are many factors that determine what should be the listing price. This includes condition, size, property, but most importantly market conditions. Meeting with a real estate agent and signing up for an MLS account in the winter is a good way for you to get an idea of what house prices go for in your neighborhood. You can research what is active, as well as what has sold within the last year.  
You can sign up for my free listingbook account by logging into: You can then sign in on the right side for your own personal account where you can list location, size of home, acreage and other details you may want to screen by.  You can search anywhere in Westchester County for home sales, condo, coop sales or rentals.
Have a Happy 2014.  Any questions? Don’t hesitate to call or text me at 914-523-5087

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Dated: January 6th 2014
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About Thomas: I got into real estate sales by accident in 2006. At the time, I recently earned a Bachelor's Degre...

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