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Use Winter Well to get a Head Start on Spring

Just because it’s freezing outside doesn’t mean your real estate Louisville plans need to freeze. Winter is the perfect time to get ready for the spring and summer real estate Louisville rush. Although things tend to be a little slower in the winter months this does not mean you should be.

In fact the winter months are the perfect months to get your home ready so you are good to go when the frost begins to thaw and the market begins to roar. We’ve put together a list of a six things you can do now to get you and your house ready for the market.

 

1. Declutter

When selling a home you want it to look as unlived in as possible. For pretty much everyone our houses looked lived in because, well we live in them. As we go about life we collect magazines, books, bills, toys, trinkets, gadgets, and a litany of stuff which fill our lives.

These things are obviously loved and needed by us, but they clutter a buyer’s view and detract from your home and it’s potential. You want to create as much open space as possible so the buyer can imagine their dreams in your house.

Kitchen counter tops are often cluttered with magazines, bills, mixers, toasters, and a variety of coffee makers. Remove all these items from the counters and place them neatly out of sight. But try not overstock kitchen cupboards as buyers often open these when viewing your home.

2. Depersonalize

Again potential buyers need to be able to imagine themselves in your home. This can be hard to do with photos of you and your family or with personal trophies everywhere. Remove very personal items from your home so the buyer can more easily imagine your home as their home. This will also help declutter your home and create more open space.

3. Dust-Bust

Yup make your spring clean a winter clean! Get stains out of carpets, off walls, cabinets, and curtains. Deep clean the whole house. Consider shampooing or steam cleaning your carpets and tiled flooring. Pressure washing the outside won’t be possible just yet, but that’s the first thing you’ll want to do once temperatures move into the 50’s and 60’s.

Fill in those holes you’ve been meaning to for a while, ensure grout is mold free, and consider giving some of the walls a fresh coat of paint if they really need it. But if you do pain a room make sure to use a neutral color.  

4. Downsize

By downsize I mean reduce the size and amount of furniture, clothing, and linen in your home. When showing a home extra furniture in rooms, and extra clothing, linen, and stored stuff makes rooms look small. By moving some unneeded furniture, clothing, linen etc. into storage you will not only make your house feel roomier, but you’ll get a head start on moving out.

5. Delve Deep

Do some research using our website. We have several great tools to help you. We have a great Seller’s Program and a Property Value Calculator as well as many blogs. If you’re selling you’re probably going to be buying too, so check out our Buyers Program and Mortgage Calculator.

6. Dial Us

Finally give us a call. We have years of combined real estate experience in Louisville, with most of our team born and raised in this city. We know the market and can give you great personalized advice to help meet your unique needs.

Call Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty whether you are serious about selling or even if you are just toying with the idea. We would love to help you and give you the relevant information you need to move forward wherever you are in the selling process. When spring hits soon, you’ll be happy you got busy on your home this winter. 

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