With spring bringing out the most home buyers, Los Angeles home sellers planning to put their homes on the market should begin working towards that goal today. Having several months to prepare your home for sale will decrease the stress involved in selling and moving.
Here are three things you should do now to prepare for your spring sale:
- Hire a Realtor®: Your choice of a listing agent will determine how quickly your home sells; your real estate agent’s marketing plan will determine the ultimate selling price. A local Realtor® is extremely important. Don’t just hire the one who tells you they can sell for the highest price; choose someone who can present you with a detailed marketing assessment. Don’t forget to check your Realtor’s online reviews.
- Fix-it’s and Staging: An interior decorator is part of the Harb & Co. Team. While you likely shouldn’t be considering expensive renovations, my interior decorator will assist you in staging your home for sale. She will suggest inexpensive repairs and improvements which will get you the highest return on time and money invested. Often it is simply regrouting or caulking, landscape spruce up, a fresh coat of paint, etc.
- Start Packing and Decluttering: Do a quick “no brainer” sort of what can be donated or sold at a garage sale. Imagine a builder’s model home: countertops in kitchen and baths should be decluttered. Buyers need to envision living in your home. Now you can make a determination if you can stack boxes in the garage or need to rent a pod or storage unit.
Spend the first few months of the New Year preparing for the spring selling season and you will be one step ahead of your competition. Inventory is low! Homes are selling in multiple offers and often over asking price.