“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” The best outcomes spur from carefully calculated preparation. This is true for almost everything from business, to what you want to wear in the morning, or playing in a big game.
Now take that philosophy and apply it to either side of the real estate transaction. In this current market, focus more on the selling side because the properties being maintained and marketed better are the ones getting looked at the most. The spring season is upon us and in most areas the inventory of available properties has increased. If you are looking to be a little more proactive about getting your house listed, consider putting it on the market before spring.
The first efficient step of the process is to meet with your realtor. Your realtor’s knowledge of surrounding areas and the real estate market can be extremely helpful when starting off. In addition, their expertise will tell you when the best time to put your house on the market is and any other improvements you could make to your property.
Next step, dress up the exterior of your house. The first impression of a potential buyer comes from the first look at the house. Make sure the landscaping is cut, clean, and manicured. The lawn should be clutter and junk free and never look further than putting a fresh coat of paint on the doors or shutters.
While the exterior is extremely important what sells the house to buyers is the interior. For many who keep their own homes clean getting the interior ready is as simple as tidying up a little and rearranging furniture. For others furnishings may need to be added and even a professional stager might be a good idea to make everything look great.
Updates and upgrades maybe something to look into as well. Improvements to the kitchen and master bathroom are usually well received. For the kitchen, try energy efficient appliances, marble counter-tops, and stainless steel. The bathroom could also be upgraded by ceramic tile, more counter space, or jack and jill sinks.
Remember preparation can go a long way when entering the real estate market. The more you know the easier it will be to enter and exit the market. Being prepared also increases your chance of getting the highest return for your property!