The best time of the year to sell a house is in the spring. Some say it’s because that’s when tax refund checks are in the bank and funds are more available. Others says it’s because after spending a long winter inside, people want something new and fresh. Whatever the reason, sales peak in the spring. If you’re in the new mover zone, it’s a good time to get your house ready for that first open house. Here are a few tips to make your home ready to put on the market. Most important tip: disassociate yourself with your home
  • It can be hard to “let go” of your ties to your home, but you need to make sure you realize that the house will soon belong to someone else.
  • Imagine yourself handing over the keys to the new owners and think about the new house you’re going to head to next.
De-personalize your home
  • It’s time to pack up your personal photographs and family knickknacks. People walking through the space want to imagine their own photos on the tables and walls. If they’re too distracted looking at your “stuff,” they’ll be less likely to think about how they might live in the space.
  • People collect so much “stuff” when they have a home. When it’s time to get your house ready for sale, take a look in every space and ask yourself what really needs to be there (and which items are really “wants”).
  • If you haven’t used something in over a year, you probably don’t need it.
  • If you don’t need it, donate it or throw it away.
  • Remove all books from bookcases. Strategically place two to three books or vases with fresh flowers in each space.
Azura Swivel Clean everything off tables and counters.
  • Put essential items in a box that can be stored in a closet when you need them.
  • Hide your electronic gadgets (including your television) in a TVLiftCabinet. Take a look at the space around your television. For many people, it’s one of the most cluttered areas of the house. You’re trying to make each room look as big as possible. Flatscreen televisions take up a lot of space (not to mention all the gaming system items). You can hide them all when not in use and make the space work better for you – and the potential new homeowner who will be able to imagine themselves in your home. Plus you can take your TVLiftCabinet with you when you move on.
Rearrange kitchen cabinets and closets
  • People will open cabinets and closets. They want to know that all their clothes and kitchen items will fit.
  • Think of it as a chance to get a head start on packing.
  • These are just a few steps to get you started to get your house on the market at the best time of the year.
Oh, by the way, the best day of the week to list your house for sale: Thursday.