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10 Things You Must Do Before Listing Your Jensen Beach Home This Summer
Many would-be home sellers want to rush the market in the summertime because they've heard that it's saturated with home buyers.
While it's true that the spring and summer are traditionally great times to sell because buyers are interested in moving in before the school year starts, it is still important for Jensen Beach home sellers to properly prepare for entering the market.
After all, buyers also are distracted by summer vacations and kids home from school during the summer. Thus, it's important to quickly grab their attention when they do spend an afternoon navigating the market.
Selling your Jensen Beach home during the summer months
Here are 10 things that you can do to effectively prepare your home for the housing market:
1. Be diligent about mowing the lawn
Everyone knows grass grows quicker during the summer. And while you may be willing to skip a week as a homeowner out of sheer convenience, it's important to stay on top of mowing the lawn frequently — perhaps even twice a week if necessary.
Regularly care for your lawn by mowing the grass, raking off leaves, and pulling weeds. Water it well to prevent brown spots. You don't want to risk your lawn appearing unkempt to an interested home buyer because that buyer may assume the rest of your house is equally unkempt.
You don't need to have the healthiest lawn in the block. Just aim to have a green, lush lawn. Here are steps you can do to improve the condition of your lawn.
- Aerate your lawn. Aerating your lawn will make the turf healthier and more beautiful. To aerate. punch holes throughout your lawn about three inches deep. This will give your grass a proper medium to grow in. It will also make better use of water and nutrient.
- Water longer and less often. Turning on the sprinkler for a few minutes every day won't really help your lawn. To create a healthier lawn, learn to water your grass deeply and less often. Watering infrequently but deeply will train the roots of the grass to grow deeper into the soil.
- Use fertilizers. Fertilizers will produce greener lawns. Choose natural fertilizers over synthetic ones as they are healthier for you and the environment.
2. Set the right scene outside
First impressions matter. The first thing potential buyers see when they pull up the curb is the exterior of your home in Jensen Beach. That's why it is important to keep the exterior clean and tidy. This will give buyers the impression that you show pride of ownership and take good care of the property.
The following are some of the things you need to be doing to create an impressive curb appeal.
- Make it colorful. We recommend giving your home's exterior a major facelift by taking some time to plant some colorful flowers and trimming the bushes. Doing this will make your front yard lush, bright, and colorful.
If you don't have bushes or a flower garden, your front yard can benefit from several potted flowering plants. You can also put some on your porch and steps. Visit your local nursery and ask for recommendations on flowers that will flourish without much upkeep.
- Wash your home’s exterior. Pressure washing removes all the grime, dirt, and mold accumulating on your home’s exterior. Your siding, driveway, and walkway will look clean and new, and buyers are more willing to pay a bit more when the house looks in good condition.
- Don’t forget the repaint the shutters. Even the lightest pastel shade can enhance curb appeal.
- Repave the driveway. If your driveway's condition has already deteriorated, it's time to have it repaved. A cracked and gray driveway is less appealing whereas a smooth and dark driveway improves the overall look of the exterior.
- Draw attention to the front door. Direct buyers' attention to your house by giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. Choose a bold color that will stand out but also complement the house paint.
- Don’t forget the roof. The curb appeal of your home for sale extends to the roof so don’t forget to clean the roof and gutter. Freshly cleaned roofs look more presentable and attractive.
While these sorts of improvements are important year-round, they're especially important during the summer since buyers are spending a lot of time outdoors.
3. Don't forget the backyard!
Summer is the perfect season to spend quality time with the family outdoors. Potential buyers want their yard to look nice at purchase. Here are a few tips to get a nice and inviting backyard.
- Tidy up. The first step to spiffing up your backyard is to keep things tidy. Prune trees and make sure to get the dry parts out.
Hire a professional if the tree is near the house or fence to make sure that the dead branch won't cause damage to the property. Rake up the debris so that the healthy plants are visible.
- Clean the porch. Don't just focus on the front porch. Take time to also clean the back porch, sweep and take down cobwebs if there are any. If the paint has already faded, apply a fresh coat of paint. Throw in a potted plant or two for some color.
- Add a seating area. Help homebuyers see themselves living in the house by setting the scene.
Make your porch more attractive by adding a couple of rocking chairs, a hanging swing, or a comfortable bench that can transform your porch from a regular porch into a great place to hang out with friends and socialize. Adding colorful pillows will give it some personality.
4. Remove as many personal belongings as possible
Buyers like to imagine themselves inhabiting the property. It’s easier for them to do this when space is opened up and there aren't any references to personal items.
Removing excess clutter is the best way to depersonalize and help buyers truly imagine themselves in your Jensen Beach house. Not to mention, a lighter space feels bigger, brighter and catches the eye more than a dark, overcrowded room
Consider renting a storage unit and remove as much from the house as you possibly can.
Decluttering can be tedious and time-consuming. Check out these steps on how to make the process more manageable and perhaps, even fun.
- Choose one area at a time. Attempting to declutter the house in one day can be frustrating. Instead, focus on one area for one day, for example, the bedroom closet. Go through your clothes and decide which ones to keep and which ones to donate.
- Clean out the closets, take down photos and pull items out of cabinets. You may even use Marie Kondo’s way. Ask yourself"Does this thing give me joy?" When you've decided on the items to keep, pack anything that you don't use on a daily or weekly basis, like seasonal clothes.
- Remove excess and worn furniture. When it comes to furniture, anything that's not in good shape should be given away. If a piece of furniture has sentimental value and you don't want to part with it, put it in storage. This way you get to keep it but it’s already out of the house and out of the potential buyer's eyes.
- Pack ahead of time. When potential buyers come in, you want them to feel relaxed and as if they own the home. This means removing any personal trace in the house. Photos, tabletop decor, and old furniture must all be packed and stored when you're getting ready to list the house.
5. Let there be light
Home sellers have an extra tool in their belt that sellers in winter don't have: a large amount of natural light. So make the most of it by opening curtains throughout your home. The light will make your home feel warmer and inviting. It will also make it seem larger.
6. Make sure your windows are crystal clear
It won't do any good to open up the curtains if your windows are so dirty that hardly any light is getting in. So remove the storm windows and hire a professional to clean your windows. It makes a huge difference.
7. Spend some time deep-cleaning the house
With all of that light streaming in, it's going to be easier for homebuyers to see the dust on your fixtures and the dirt in the corner of the kitchen. So before you start showing your house, give it a deep-cleaning.
Cleaning is easier now that you've decluttered. The next step is to dust. Dust surfaces and objects.
Give special attention to every nook and cranny, especially those things that haven't been touched in years. Run a cloth along the top of door jambs, hanging picture frames, light fixtures, and any other object that could attract dust.
After you’ve dusted, it’s time to scrub and polish.
For your kitchen, make sure to scrub down the appliances, cabinets, and counters. Empty out your refrigerator so you can easily clean both the interior and exterior portions.
Ovens with automatic cleaner are easier to clean, but if you don't have that, remove the racks, spray the oven with a cleaner and let it stay for several minutes to soften any set, baked-on spill before wiping them away.
Bathrooms like kitchens take some time to clean. Start with the countertops, shelvings, light fixtures, and windows. From there, move to the shower and bathtub, and then the toilet.
If there are any stubborn mold or mildew, spray the area with a bleach solution and let it stay for a few minutes before brushing and washing the area.
When the kitchen and bathrooms are done, it’s time to vacuum the carpet (don't forget floorboards!).
If deep cleaning is not your thing, you can easily hire cleaning professionals to help you. These professionals will leave your house clean and spotless, ready for potential buyers.
8. Think bright and sunny when it comes to color schemes
Preparing a home for showings is all about creating an irresistible ambiance for buyers that allows them to visualize living there.
Pursue that effect by adding summer hues indoors, perhaps a bright yellow pillow on the sofa or a baby blue painting in the bathroom. You'd be amazed at what these little accents can do to highlight your home's assets and downplay its flaws.
9. Put a fresh coat of paint on the interior
Remember when your toddler accidentally ran some purple marker along the floorboards of your bedroom? Or when you put a smudge on the stairway walls as you were trying to carry a television up the stairs?
While these may be funny or even endearing memories for you now, they might not necessarily be appealing to home buyers. So consider giving the interior of your home a fresh coat of paint.
10. Steam clean the carpets. It's amazing what a steam cleaner can do that a regular vacuum cleaner just can't. To see what we mean, take a before and after picture of your carpet. It's incredible! And your freshly cleaned carpet is sure to impress prospective buyers!
Exceptional home-selling assistance for you!
Great opportunities await on the summertime housing market for those sellers who are willing to prepare their home before listing!
We hope you can take away something useful from our blog today. Continue reading for even more home-selling tips and resources in the future!
Are you ready to sell your Jensen Beach property?
Call me, Melissa Conrad, at 772-240-2589, today.
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