Friday, January 19, 2024

Real Estate: Time to prepare for selling your home is now

By Theresa Bouchard

Are you planning to sell your home in the Spring or Summer months? If so, the time to prepare your home is NOW!

With the market shift and chatter of interest rates dropping in the coming months, many folks are jumping on the opportunity to sell their home in hopes to get top dollar. Buyers are gearing up to purchase their Maine dream home for full-time living or vacationing. So, the real estate prediction is, more inventory and more buyers! What does that mean for sellers? Competition. That said, it is time to put your best foot forward and get your home to shine above the rest!

Preparing a home to sell may look different from one person to another. Here are some effective tips to guide you through the preparation process. Follow these tips and watch the multiple offers roll in!

- Hire a seller real estate agent and get a marketing analysis to determine the value of your home.

- Hire a professional home stager to do a walk-though to define what areas of the home need to be fixed or upgraded and identify an action list of what you need to do to prepare your home to make it most appealing to buyers. A detailed checklist is provided to assist you.

- Paint goes a long way when enhancing the look of your home. A fresh coat of neutral color paint will give your home a new appearance and look beautiful in photos.

- Start the declutter and organization process. Cabinets, closets, storage areas such as basements and attics. The more you purge now, the less you will have to do on moving day. Decluttering and organizing makes a world of difference in photos and during showings.

- Pack away all personal items such as photographs and anything of sentimental value. Buyers need to envision themselves in this space and your personal items can prevent them from doing that. Additionally, the goal is to help buyers make an emotional connection to the home which in turn will create more offers! So, pack personal items away and save them for your next home adventure!

- Update lighting fixtures and/or hardware on your cabinets. Lowe’s and Home Depot have very affordable selections which can make a world of difference when trying to make your home fresh and new!

- Deep clean your home. Wash windows, windowsills, screens, walls, doors, etc.! A sparkling clean home gives the impression that the home is well taken care of.

- Curb appeal! Spring clean up is important and displaying potted flowers can make a great first impression and create a welcoming feeling.

- All shades and curtains must be pulled up and open. Natural light creates beauty in a home so let light shine in! If curtains or shades are old and dingy, either remove them or replace them before photos and showings.

- Have your home professionally staged.

Preparing your home is a must in this market. If the process becomes overwhelming, call a professional home stager to help you with the process. They will provide assistance and direction during and an exciting yet stressful time. Don’t go it alone!

For information on staging services, please call 207-400-9393 on visit our TS Staging and Design website at <

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