It's the middle of winter and most of the country is turning into a ginormous ice cube. No snow for half my grandkids, which has them quite bummed, but they are freezing away nonetheless. Not so here in Roseville, California – and throughout most of our lovely state. Oh, it is a bit chilly. But as you can see in the rose pix, today's temperature as I write this at 2:47 p.m. on January 11, is a balmy 60 degrees. And that rose picture itself? I shot that at a home I was showing to a real estate client – two days ago. I do love Roseville and its roses!
All of this to say, we are not as limited as much of the country is for buying and selling real estate during the winter. I was out showing homes for the last three days to a sweet client and we were bumping into others out looking as well. Which means, if you want to SELL your home, this could be a great time to get started. Even if you don't put it on the market til March, you can spend the next few weeks preparing to sell your house by:
- Weeding and decluttering
- Painting – whether touch-ups or full-on
- Recarpeting, reflooring, and/or cleaning the floors
- Making sure your front yard is gorgeous for that all-important curb appeal
- Making sure your back yard is also looking great! (Any seeding needed? Or a few plants added strategically?)
- Check the little things like bird droppings, spider webs, doggie and kitty surprises…
- De-Personalize! I can't stress this enough. A client and I looked at two homes a few weeks ago that really impressed that particular client as they were selling as well as buying and in between house-hunting, she was doing all of the above. One house had so many personal items all around and it looked lovely – if we had just been friends visiting. But for a buyer, it was a bit overwhelming because there was so much cute stuff. And it was hard for her to picture her family in the home since the owner's family photos were everywhere. The second home had obviously been listening to their smart REALTOR as it was gorgeous. It looked very much like a model home in a new construction area. No personal photos anywhere. Lovely decor but not a lot – just enough to look attractive without being too much. It was great! My client commented, “Now I really see what you mean. I can really see myself in this home, compared to the other house.”
- Storage unit – if necessary. We rented a storage unit with a couple of our moves and never regretted it. Otherwise, you often wind up with a garage that is overloaded and all the great impressions you made with your lovely home can dissipate when they want to check out the garage and can't get into it.
- Refrigerator – Yup, there are people who look in closets, cubbies, and even the refrigerator. Since it's in your best interests, make sure, as much as possible to have everything tidy or tossed – and smelling good!
Whether you are ready to sell right now or want to wait til spring has sprung, this is a great time to be getting ready. The more you do today, the less you have to do in the coming days and the better your chances of selling your home quickly for a great price.
P.S. With all the ups and downs in the real estate market over the past few years, are you wondering how much your Roseville, CA home is worth? I can help you with that. Just CALL KAYE at 657-229-KAYE, email me at [email protected] or click here to head to my MLS website, loaded with resources to help you sell your home – and buy your next one as well.