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How to Make Your Home Ready for the Spring Home-Buying Season

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Spring season is when the real estate market really heats up. This is when most buyers are on the hunt for their new dream homes, and if you’re looking to sell your home fast in San Diego, you’ll want to make sure that it’s in top condition and ready for viewing.

To make sure that your property puts its best foot forward, here are some basic tips that you simply can’t afford to overlook:

  1. Declutter and Depersonalize.

  2. This includes both the interior and exterior of the house — from bedrooms to bathrooms and living area and out into the garage and the yard. Clean out the rooms, sweep the yard, and trim the garden. A clean and tidy home is what potential homebuyers are looking for. Be sure to dispose or store items properly and not just stuff everything into closets, clients usually check those places too, and opening an unkempt closet can undo much of your efforts.

    When decluttering, be sure to remove anything that too strongly emphasises you as the owner. While you want your home to be warm and inviting, there must not be an overpowering sense of you living there. The aim is to create a space that the potential buyer can visualize themselves living in. Family photos and collectibles can be charming but they may make it hard for clients to imagine owning or living in your property.

  3. Fix Repair Issues.

  4. No one likes visiting a promising property, only to find that the property needs considerable amounts of repair or restoring. Make sure all the small repairs are addressed. Inside the house, check for light fixtures, doors, and windows. Replacing old and blemished door handles and cabinet knobs is very cost-effective. If there is a shed or a fence, make sure they look their best. For minimal outlay and effort, you can make a great impression, or at least prevent a poor one. Try out electrical appliances too and make sure everything is working as it should be.

    Be a little more cautious about larger repair projects such as major structural work or HVAC issues. They may not necessarily prove cost or time effective. With larger repairs, it’s best to first consult your real estate agent.

  5. Repaint with Neutral Colors.

  6. You might love the bright yellow walls of your kitchen, but that’s no guarantee that the viewer coming to see the property will too. White and beige are generally a safe bet but can sometimes look a little drab. You can also go for neutral colors in tones of soft grey, green, or blue which can add a dash of excitement. If your house already has neutral colors, repaint them with a fresh coat if they need a lift.

  7. Go for Professional Photos and a Well-Crafted Narrative.

  8. Professionally-taken photos are the way to go. Invest in a photographer (best if they are experienced stagers) and put together your marketing posts with a great story. Listing the many great features and amenities of your home is solid marketing, but sharing the story of how it’s a happy home and why it’s perfect for buyers creates much more engagement and fires the imagination.

  9. Work with a Local Real Estate Agent.

  10. From the very start of your selling journey, it’s best to get the support and guidance of a local real estate agent. This will prevent you from making mistakes during the key selling season. It will also give you access to a host of trusted professionals who can help you prep your home, including cleaners, stagers, electricians, and plumbers.

Selling a Property in San Diego Real Estate Market

If you want to sell your house fast in San Diego and at the best possible price, you’ll want to get at least the bare minimum right, and the tips above are just the start. For more information and guidance on selling your home in San Diego call us at 760.632.8900 or contact us here.

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