Every where I look these days, I am seeing freshly tilled soil. The area around Brevard, North Carolina is a rich agricultural area that has fields of century old family farms and small garden plots in virtually everyone's back yard. Several years ago there was a survey done by the local newspaper that reported that 60% of households in the area have a garden of some kind. This is the time of year, after winter is hopefully well on its way out, when people start turning soil and preparing their gardens for the planting and growing season.
The same idea should hold true for sellers who plan to put their home on the market in the next 90 days. Use this shoulder season to take care of repairs, freshen up the look of the home inside and out, and of course, start turning some soil outside so you can plant some pretty spring flowers.
So what should a seller be focusing on? Here are just a few ideas to help get your home ready for those spring time buyers.
- Clean out the gutters. Safety first!
- Pick a nice day and clean your windows to let the sun shine in.
- Brighten up the interior of your home with a fresh coat of paint, or try a new color for an updated look.
- Take a hard look at your front door. Could it use a fresh coat of paint or a shiny new door knob to help say "Welcome Home"?
- Make small repairs like tightening loose door knobs; make friends with WD40 to insure all your windows open and close easily; get an electrician in to fix any outlets that no longer work.
- Take a look around for any tired, outdated lighting fixtures, inside and out. A new dining room or bathroom fixture can go a long way towards giving the room a new updated look. New lights around your house also go a long way towards helping your home stay current.
- Replace any light bulbs that aren't working while you're checking out all those light fixtures.
- Take a walk around your yard. Start removing any dead bushes or grasses that didn't make it through the winter months. Rake out the flower beds and pitch anything that you know isn't coming back with the warmer temperatures.
- While you're walking around outside, check your home's exterior for any touch up painting that may be needed. And how is that deck looking? Once it's a little warmer, could it benefit from a fresh coat of stain or polyurethane?
- If you have a yard that require mowing, get your lawn mower in for a tune up and a blade sharpening. A dull blade is a sure way to invite pests and disease into your fresh and tender spring lawn.
- Start talking to local real estate agents now. Discuss marketing and pricing strategies so you hit the ground running. An over priced home will only linger and eventually become stale to a buyers, so if you're serious about selling....price it to sell.
The bottom line is that homes that are priced right, and are updated and maintained stand a better chance of attracting the attention of buyers, so make sure yours is in the best condition possible before putting it on the market. Selling your home today isn't quite as easy as it may have been four or five years ago. But if you dig in now, come spring time, you could be harvesting plenty of offers and planting a SOLD sign in your yard!
For more information about homes, land, investment properties, and other property for sale in the Brevard, NC area, contact the Clay Team. Visit online at BrevardNCProperty.com, or call us direct at 828-551-6290 or 828-551-6291.
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