Mar 13, 2015
Temperatures are rising in the Lowcountry and spring is just around the corner! If you want to sell your home this spring, it’s never too early to start preparing. Here are five steps to get your home ready for sale:
1. Start packing. While it may seem strange to start packing up your belongings before you’ve sold your house, take advantage of the last few cold, wet winter days by staying inside and organizing. Even if you don’t want to box up items you plan on moving just yet, you can start to declutter and get rid of old, unused clothing, furniture, and other things. Go through closets, cabinets, storage areas, the garage, and the attic to make piles of items you’d like to donate or throw away.
2. Stage your home. You don’t need to take down the family pictures just yet, but clearing out clutter can often be very overwhelming. Allow yourself enough time to de-clutter, store a few personal belongings, and thoroughly clean your home before putting it up for sale.
3. Make a “repair and replace” list. Do a walk-through of your home, as if you were a prospective buyer. Keep a careful eye out for rotting steps, missing shingles, water stains, and other areas needing a little TLC. Think about which rooms may need a fresh coat of paint, or new carpet. Make a list of anything that needs to be repaired or replaced and start to tackle them one by one.
4. Check all your systems. Take time to inspect your HVAC system and ensure everything is in good standing order. You should also have a professional plumber check your plumbing systems for leaks or damp areas. Change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure everything is good to go when it comes time to sell.
5. Make a plan for curb appeal. Spring is a great time to optimize your curb appeal. Take a walk around your home and examine the yard, flower beds, and surrounding trees. Freshen up the landscaping, add a fresh coat of paint to the front door, and maybe create a small outdoor seating area. All of these things can make a huge difference to prospective buyers.
If you want to make a little piece of The Island your own, you need more than just a road map and a REALTOR. You need a partner who can make things happen.
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