Get Ready to Sell this Spring

Spring is one of the absolute busiest times for real estate in the United States. If you are planning to sell your home, consider these tips so you can stay ahead of the competition.

Here are five things you can do to prepare for the rush of potential buyers this spring.

Improve the Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is essential to selling your home, and the spring is the perfect time to improve how your home looks from the street. Think of it as an excuse to get outside and enjoy the sun and fine weather.

Take the time to clean and replant your flowerbeds, trim back trees and hedges and power wash the drive and sidewalk. Also, make sure that your windows stay clean and the grass stays mowed the entire time your house is on the market.

Combine Spring Cleaning and Packing

Spring is the traditional time of year when you clean a home from top to bottom and get rid of all that stuff that’s been cluttering up your home all winter. You can combine spring cleaning and packing. As you go through your closets and garage, decide what you don’t want to take when you move.

If you don’t feel like packing and moving an item to a new house, donate it, sell it or haul it to the curb. By doing this, you will remove some of the clutter from your home, make it appear larger to prospective buyers and get a head start on the moving process.

Inspect and Repair Your Home

Foliage can cover a variety of problems with a home. Take advantage of the sparse foliage in the early spring to give the exterior of your home a thorough inspection. If you find something that requires a repair, fix it. You should also address any problem areas inside the home such as holes in the wall, missing socket covers, chipped or broken tile, etc.

It’s better to do this ahead of time rather than wait until after you list your home. If you have neglected areas of your home for some time, it might be a good idea to hire a home inspector to give your home a once over and alert you to potential problems before listing.

Gauge the Market

How you price your home is very important. You do not want to price your home too low for the market or too high. Buyers sometimes believe homes that are priced below market value have hidden problems. If you price your home too high for the market, you may have to reduce the price later, and that can also be viewed as a negative by potential buyers.

In order to find the right price for your home, consult with your agent and research comparable homes in your area that have sold recently. Pay special attention to those that stayed on the market for 60 days or less as those homes were probably correctly priced.

Determine How You Will Market Your Home

Your real estate agent will help you come up with a marketing plan that takes advantage of both new technology and older techniques, but it is important that you commit to doing what it takes to sell your home. Studies have shown that homes that are professionally photographed, videoed and staged can sell for as much as 20 percent higher than those that are not, so hiring professionals is normally worth the investment.

Follow these five steps, and you will be ready to sell this spring. Contact me for a consultation, and I will be happy to help you with the home selling process.

Jackie Bulgin & Associates
House of Brokers Realty
1515 Chapel Hill Road
Columbia, MO 65203
Office: 573-446-6528
Email: Jackie@JackieBulgin.com
Website: JackieBulgin.com

Photo courtesy of Daniel and Anita Saunders at Flickr.com.

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Make Moving Easier on Your Kids

KidsMovingMoving is hard for everyone. It’s a lot of work, and there are a lot of emotions that go into packing up one home and moving to another one. A move can be especially difficult for children, however. Kids can feel like they have no control during a move. They are leaving behind their home, their school, their friends, and most of what they know.

You can’t completely eliminate the stress of a move, but you can help your children get through the process a little easier. Here are some tips from parents on how to make your household move less stressful for your children.

Give your kids time to adjust to the idea of moving. Children will need time to say goodbye to friends, but giving them too much time can cause them to worry more about the upcoming move. Younger children need only a month or two of advance notice. Older children and teens, however will need more time. They have more friends, more activities, and more memories in the old house.

Involve your children in the process if you can. Bring older kids along on a house-hunting trip. Consult your children about paint and decorations in their new room. If you have some flexibility, ask your kids for input on what they want in your new home. If you are able to find a home that fits some of their requirements, your kids will be much more excited about the move.

Encourage your children to remember your previous home. Talk with them about your favorite memories in your old house, or make a scrapbook. If your child has never lived anyplace else, the home is obviously very special to them. Help them deal with the separation by allowing them to share their memories.

At the same time, help them get excited about their new home. Visit the new neighborhood and school before the move if you can, or show them pictures and videos of the area. Talk about the new friends they will make, the new things they’ll learn, and the details about your new neighborhood. This will make it easier to deal with the anxiety of leaving behind what they know.

Most of all, pay attention to how your children are feeling and support them. Acknowledge their separation issues and help them work through them. This will make it easier for your kids to settle in and enjoy their new home. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.

Jackie Bulgin & Associates
House of Brokers Realty
1515 Chapel Hill Road
Columbia, MO 65203
Office: 573-446-6528
Email: Jackie@JackieBulgin.com
Website: JackieBulgin.com

Photo courtesy Doriana S.,/Stock.XCHNG