5 winter prep tips for the spring selling season

It’s cold out there! The snow drifts in the bitter wind and the mercury has sunk below freezing, but little by little, the long nights are getting shorter and the sun lingers a few more minutes each day.

Rest assured, spring is on its way. Though it may seem like a long way off, now is the perfect time to prepare for the spring home-selling market. If you’re planning to sell this spring, here are five things you can do during the winter to ensure you’ll be ready to hit the market and get top dollar.

  1. Start tackling the garage: If you’re like most of us, your garage has become a warehouse of stuff over the past few years. Some things you might want to keep, but most you can probably trash or give away. So get out there and purge your garage with the goal of making it presentable.
  1. Clean your carpets and rugs: There are few things that can turn off potential homebuyers like a grimy rug or carpet stain. Rent a steamer or borrow one from a friend and go to town on those stains.
  1. Declutter: Potential homebuyers want to see a home where they can imagine themselves living, not a home where someone else lives. Since sorting through all your files, holiday mugs and other knickknacks you’ve acquired through the years will take time, get started now.
  1. Do an inspection: Even better than inspecting your home yourself, have an honest friend or family member come over and walk around your home, both inside and outside. Together, look for any imperfections that need to be repaired or touched up. Make a list and start knocking these tasks off.
  2. Don’t overwhelm yourself: A lot of work goes into getting your home ready for the market. Sometimes it can seem like there’s a lot to do — maybe too much. By getting an early start, you’ll have time to properly prepare. This will help you manage a lot of the stress, with the added benefit of getting your home on the hot spring market that much sooner!

If you have any questions about preparing your home for sale, reach out to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor®. They know the real estate business and are eager to help!

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