A Guide to Preparing Your Home for Sale in the New Year

Did you know that winter is actually the best time of year to sell your home and make a move?

Moving costs tend to be lower, and you can start the new year on the right foot and begin to accomplish your goals or plans in your brand new home.

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Are you planning on selling your home and moving into a new place at the beginning of 2021? Here are some tips for getting ready to show off your house to the world in time for the new year.

Make Easy Home Repairs Yourself

Even if you have problems in your home that don’t bother you, they will no doubt come to the attention of an eagle-eyed real estate agent or inspector. It is always best to make as many repairs as possible, so you aren’t caught off guard later in an inspection.

Thanks to the internet, you have a wealth of resources at your fingertips for all types of basic home repairs, many of which can be accomplished with a standard toolbox. Doing them yourself will also save you a good deal of money, possibly thousands of dollars that you might have spent on a handyman.

Declutter and Downsize

One of the advantages of putting your life into boxes is that you can see how much you really own, as well as what you value. You can save money and time during the moving process by simply getting rid of many of the items that you don’t use as often.

There are many popular decluttering methods that you can refer to, depending on what your main goal is. You can aim for downsizing and scaling back what you own by donating things, or you can take a more extreme approach, like the KonMari method, which involves major purging.

Deep Clean Carpets Professionally

If you have carpet in your home, it is important to clean them regularly so they do not have deep stains or damage. On top of vacuuming, you should also invest in shampooing the carpet through a professional carpet cleaning company, so that your carpets are fresh all the time.

Often as part of the cleaning process, you will have to book the carpet cleaning company in advance and make sure you are out of the house on the day of service. Your carpets may still be damp when you return, so make sure to carefully avoid getting dirt on them before you open up your home.

Don’t Forget the Walls and Ceilings

You may not notice it when you look around, but there is no doubt that your walls and ceilings could use a good cleaning. If you have not noticed any dirt or grime on your walls, then you should be able to use water or a light cleaning solution to get the job done.

If you don’t want to feel overwhelmed, then you can make a plan to tackle one room every day, for example. That way, you can make sure everything is clean and beautiful before you start to give tours when you show your home.

Give Appliances Some Updates

One of the biggest ways you can increase the value of your home is by updating appliances. Even if it may seem expensive to spend thousands on upgrading your kitchen or laundry room, you can tack on tens of thousands when you set an asking price in the future.

When you switch to modern appliances, you can also note that it will save the new buyers a large amount on their electric and gas bills. These devices tend to be more energy-efficient, use less water, and tend to be much quieter as well.

Consider Updating the Paint Color

A simple coat of paint can make a world of difference to prospective buyers who view your home for the first time, especially if you have not updated your colors in a few years. You can hire a team to get the job done quickly, or even do it yourself.

It is easy to do research into what paint colors are popular for 2021 home decor trends. However, if you want to paint the outside of your house, you may need to get approval from a homeowner’s association or city council, depending on where you live.

Trim Your Foliage and Plant Life

When you look at your property from the outside, try to see if you can make any quick changes to the landscaping. Even a quick lawn mow can completely transform your place from scruffy to neat and orderly in under an hour.

You can also plant flowers or bulbs that will bloom in the spring and summer months, which will be another selling point for potential buyers. For those selling at the end of the year, make sure to show viewers pictures of what the house looks like when the foliage is in full bloom.

Clean Attics, Garages, and Basements

Even though they may not be the focal point of the home tour, you should still pay attention to lesser-loved spaces like basements, attics, and garages. Make sure to deep clean these areas so they are ready for storage, tools, and other items when the new buyers move in.

You should also sweep these areas for rodents and other critters, especially if you have not cleaned them out in a long time. If necessary, you may even want to bring in an extermination service to do an inspection, to rule out pests that could damage the foundation of your home.

Sell Your Home in No time in the New Year

If you are determined to get your home off the market and move in time for the near year, you should not have to worry about it. With these tips, you will no doubt find a buyer in a short amount of time and close the sale quickly.

Want to know more about making your home perfect? Check out our blog for all of the tips and tricks on how to showcase your home.

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