Spring Real Estate Market: The Best Time to Sell?
The spring real estate market tends to be the most saturated, but it’s also the seasonal market with the most buyers. This means that things tend to move fast. Figure out if this is the best time of the year for you to move.
Tips for a Quicker Home Sale
- Price it right. You want to get a great price for your home, but if it sits for too long, that can cost you money over time. So avoid pricing it too high over what is reasonable, or your home might be overlooked.
- Clear out your stuff. This sounds obvious, but it’s an important step that is often forgotten. Before you put your house on the market, pack up unnecessary decor items, pictures and anything else that adds clutter.Removing as much as possible will make every room in your home look larger. Not only with a more bare home allow potential buyers to visualize themselves in the space, but you will also get a jump on your packing.
- Focus on improvements that count. Curb appeal is crucial, so start there. Are there any eyesores that could be fixed easily? Planting flowers or updating chipped paint can go a long way. Inside the house, funnel your money toward kitchens and bathrooms. That doesn’t mean you have to gut your kitchen and spend thousands to fix it up.Just look at the areas that could turn off a potential buyer – maybe by replacing a dingy sink or outdated light fixtures.
- Work with an agent. It can be tempting to cut costs by selling the property on your own, especially if you live in an area that sells quickly. But a good real estate agent can make sure your house is on the major listing sites, is shared on their social media sites and facilitate the messier, more complicated parts of the sale so the process moves faster.
Credit: hswick, Solari Financial Planning