5 Tips to Sell Your Home this Spring
April showers bring May flowers – as well as plenty of potential homebuyers! Spring is traditionally the busiest time of year for home sales, and the Lake George real estate market is no exception. In fact, some predict that the spring home-selling season may start earlier and be even livelier this year, as homebuyers act to buy before interest rates or home prices rise.
While you’re more likely to receive top dollar for your Lake George home in the spring, you also need to be prepared for strong competition. Here are 5 things you can do right now to help sell your home this spring.
1.Make a Good First Impression
Did you know that most homebuyers decide in the first 60 seconds whether or not they would consider buying your home? Curb appeal matters, regardless of the season. Trim the hedges and invest in frost-resistant plants. Paint the front door and power wash the exterior of your home, as well as the driveway, patios and decks.
2.Clear Away the Clutter
Ever notice that model homes and open houses always look neat and perfect? Both your rooms and closets look bigger when there’s less clutter, so pare down your possessions and re-organize your closets. Consider packing up or donating anything you aren’t currently using, including your bulky winter wardrobe and toys that the kids have outgrown. Once your home is on the market, you’ll need to keep it as neat as possible.
3.Make Necessary Home Repairs
While major renovations aren’t typically recommended, minor do-it-yourself repairs will make your home more appealing. Simply replacing the caulk in your bathroom or cleaning the grout between your kitchen tiles adds a big wow factor. Updated light fixtures and ceiling fans can renew your space, and a fresh coat of paint, just on a room’s trim, can give the illusion that the whole room has been painted.
4.Make Sure the Price is Right
The spring home-buying season is notoriously hot, but buyers still insist on good deals. Even in a seller’s market, overpriced homes won’t sell. Likewise, pricing your home too low can cause buyers to question what is wrong with it. When it comes to pricing, make sure to compare your house with similar, recently-sold properties in your area to ensure your price is competitive and consult a local Lake George real estate agent.
5.Choose the Right Listing Agent
It’s important to find an agent with a great marketing plan and deep local knowledge, who can present you with a detailed market analysis. Since most home buyers start their search online, make sure to get your house listed on multiple websites, preferably with a set of professional photos, detailed descriptions and a virtual tour. And don’t forget to plan open houses with your real estate agent, too.
Looking for a Lake George Real Estate Agent?
If you’re looking for a listing agent in the Lake George area, or simply interested in learning more about Lake George Real Estate, contact me to set up a meeting today or call (518) 361-0230.
Lonnie Lawrence is a licensed real estate broker and lifetime resident of Lake George. Her 40+ years of experience and vast knowledge of the region have made her an expert on Lake George Real Estate.