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In and About Real Estate

Get Ahead of the Game

It’s not your imagination. The air is a little crisper and the days are getting shorter and Fall officially arrives this week. Believe it or not, as you are whipping up the pumpkin spice latte, it may be time to get to work if you are thinking of listing your home in the spring.

Getting a head start on preparations during the fall can help make your home more appealing to potential buyers when the market heats up and can really streamline the whole process.

First, Give Me a Call: Let’s chat about the local market. I will guide you through the selling

process and offer my advice about the following home preparation suggestions. There’s no obligation! 707.636.4215

Here are some tasks to consider:

Declutter: Fall is the perfect time to start decluttering. Begin with one room at a time, sorting items into keep, donate, and toss categories.

Deep Cleaning: A clean home is a must for any successful listing—and it makes everyday life more pleasant, too. Schedule a deep cleaning to tackle difficult areas like baseboards, vents, and windows. Consider hiring professionals for carpets, and upholstery.

Inspect and Repair: It can be difficult but go through your home with a critical eye (invite a trusted friend to assist) and address any issues that need fixing. Check for leaks, peeling paint, or loose tiles. Small repairs now can prevent big headaches later.

Curb Appeal: First impressions matter. Enhance curb appeal by raking leaves, trimming bushes, and planting spring-blooming shrubs and perennials. Consider giving your front door a fresh coat of paint for a welcoming touch.

Energy Efficiency: Take advantage of cooler temperatures to assess your home's energy efficiency. Seal gaps around windows and doors, add weather stripping, and consider an energy audit to identify areas for improvement. Energy-efficient homes are often more attractive to buyers.

Landscaping/Yard/Garden: If you have a garden, fall is the time to clean it up. Trim trees and shrubs, clear out dead plants, and add a fresh layer of mulch. A well-maintained yard can significantly boost your home's appeal to potential buyers.

Professional Inspection: Consider having a pre-listing home inspection. This can help identify issues in advance, giving you time to address them or adjust your asking price accordingly.

Gather Documentation: Start gathering essential documents like property surveys, utility bills, and maintenance records. Having these on hand can simplify the selling process.

The Takeaway

By tackling these tasks in the fall, you'll be well-prepared for a successful home listing in the spring. A well-maintained and decluttered home is sure to stand out in a competitive market.


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