Thursday, March 27, 2008

It’s Spring … What Can We Do to Sell Our Home?

We will be so bold as to say that the proverbial “Spring cleaning” has never been as important to you and your family as it will be this year if your intention is to sell your home. The winter has been a good one for recharging our water sources, and it isn’t quite over yet for sure, but we are ready to shake it off and head towards summer. So what can you do?

With this warmer weather be sure to open your doors and windows to air out your home. The air can get stuffy when your home is closed up for winter. While your house is open is a good time to clean your carpet - a lot of debris gets tracked in during the inclement weather. While you are cleaning … be sure to dust, get the cobwebs, etc. Do a deep cleaning – oil your wood, cabinets, furniture, etc. Windows are important … especially if you have a view property. We don’t have much haze here and you don’t have to make a Buyer feel like they are at home by having a haze on your windows. They are moving here for a reason – clean air and wonderful people.

Remember, less is more. Are all your Holiday decorations put away? How about your winter clothing? It is nice to keep your snow boots handy when there is snow around, but they will only serve to remind people of winter, not spring and new growth, if they are lying around. Chances are slim that you’ll need them again for a big dump.

We’ve had some wonderful winds this winter – some served to enhance our appreciation of Mother Nature’s power. How is your roof? Be sure to look at the Southwest corner of your roof in the Carson Valley. Do you need to replace some shingles? Do it now instead of having a Buyer see them … or see them not. You will have to replace them eventually and your home will show much better without gaps in your roof line. Do you need touch up painting? You never get a second chance at a first impression and paint is an important component of your first impression.
Our Advice: Many people wait until Spring to list their homes. You will likely have a lot of competition in the market in the near future so it is important that your home is presented in the best way possible. Take the time to “tune it up”. Much can be accomplished with a little sweat and effort, not a lot of expense. You will be financially and emotionally rewarded many times over for your efforts.

Clean your garden areas, pick up the winter debris, make sure your sprinkler system is ready to go so you can “green up” as quickly as possible. Make it shine and smelling good and you will enhance your opportunities for selling. The birds are making their nests – all you have to do is clean up yours! Experience is Priceless! Lisa Wetzel & Jim Valentine, RE/MAX Realty Affiliates, , 775-781-5472.

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