Recently Received Question About Selling in the Spring
Q. Chris and Maria, we live in a gated community for 55 plus residents here in Redding, CA. We've been talking about selling our house and would like to do that in the Spring if were going to do it...so what do we do next, any recommendations?
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Seller,
First, thank you for turning to us for your real estate needs. We realize you have many choices of real estate agencies and appreciate your loyalty to us!
As a homeowner myself, if I was going to put my house on the market I would do it in the spring time for obvious reasons; the house shows better when the days are sunnier and bright, the landscape is at its best and buyers tend to prefer this type of weather when they begin to seriously shop for their next home.
As you know, Redding has some pretty hot days in July and August, and too many times we get buyers cancelling showings because it's so hot and uncomfortable during that time of the year. So yes, the best time to do it is anywhere between March and June.
Below is a list of recommendations we have for you to prepare your house for sale:
1. Have a Home Inspection
Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. The average price for a home inspection in the Redding area is $250 - $300. An inspector will warn you about troubles that could make potential buyers balk. Once you get the inspection report, we can sit down and go through the recommended repairs and decide which ones would be more critical so you can repair before putting your home on the market. We have excellent recommendations on home inspectors should you decide to go this route first.
2. Make the most of that first impression - The Front Yard!
Before a potential buyer even stops his car, he will notice the landscaping. Pay as much attention to your garden as you do to the home's interior. Mow, trim and fertilize the lawn. Clean up grease or oil spots on concrete surfaces on the driveway. Provide an unobstructed view of your home from the street. Park your cars in the garage or on the street.
3. Create Space ~ Clear the Clutter
Creating the right atmosphere can welcome potential buyers into your home. You want the people who may buy your house to feel as if they could live in your home. These are possibly the most important guests you will ever have. Make the necessary effort now, and you may reap the rewards in a quick, hassle free sale. We recommend you clear your kitchen counters of just about everything, that includes no magnets on the fridge! Clean and organize your closets, people will open those doors. If you have excessive furniture, put at least one-third of it in your garage or storage. Pack up family photos, knickknacks, and wall hangings to depersonalize your home, these often times distract buyers and instead of admiring your home they're looking to see if they know you.
4. Clean, Clean and Clean some more...
A clean house makes a strong first impression that your home has been well cared for. If you can afford it, consider hiring a cleaning service. We can provide you with recommendations here too. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Wash light fixtures and baseboards, mop and wax floors, and give your stove and refrigerator a thorough once-over. Walls should be clean. Touch up the paint and check the wallpaper for areas where it needs spot repairs.
As a seller, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take these recommended steps, you'll help us, your Realtor® sell your home faster, at the best possible price.