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Prepare For The Spring Market NOW!

Prepare For The Spring Market NOW!
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Are you thinking of selling a home in Morrow County?  With spring being the busiest time for real estate not to mention right around the corner, homeowners planning to put their homes on the market should not wait for flowers to bloom before getting ready to sell.  Having some time to prepare can make for a much smoother selling experience.  If you are a prospective home seller in Cardington, Marengo or Mt. Gilead, here are some things you can do now to get ready for a spring sale:
Start Packing  Yes it does sound crazy to start packing months in advance of your move, but since you’ll eventually need to do this anyway, you might as well get organized now.  Don’t go packing up your kitchen and eat off paper plates, but go ahead and sort through your storage closets, attic, basement or garage to determine what you want to keep, what to give away and what to sell.  Boxing up items will make your space look larger and neater when it comes to showing your home.
Clear Away the Clutter  visit model homes or open houses of homes that have been staged, you never see a stack of unread magazines, children’s artwork loosely hanging on the refrigerator, or a cluster of unpaid bills on a table.  Once your home is on the market you’ll need to keep it as neat as possible.  One way to make that easier is to reduce the amount of clutter you have on your shelves and surfaces.  Put away items that are regularly on your kitchen sink and pack away the family photos that gather dust.
Improve Your Home  While you don’t necessarily want to do a major, expensive renovation project before you sell, you can make minor repairs and improvements that will make your home look fresher to buyers.  Things such as replacing the caulk and grout in your bathroom, updating old or rusted ceiling fans and light fixtures, and changing switch plates, doorknobs and other hardware for a clean and neat appearance.  Consider painting your front door and trim even if your rooms don’t need new paint.
Interview Realtors  Your choice of a listing agent will make a big difference in how quickly your home sells.  A Realtor with a great marketing plan and deep local knowledge is extremely important when it comes to selling a home.  Don’t just go with the one who tells you they can sell for the highest price; choose someone who can present you with a detailed market analysis.
Research Your Market  If you plan to buy another home, an important decision to make is whether to sell your home first or make an offer on a new home before putting yours on the market.  This is where a knowledgeable Realtor can help you evaluate how fast homes are selling in your market and help you estimate how long it will take you to find a home.
If you spend the colder months preparing for spring, you will find yourself ready to move fast when buyers come out of hibernation.

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