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12 Most Important Things to Do Before Listing Your Home This Spring

Listing Your Home This Spring

Daffodils aren’t the only thing that will be popping up this Spring. It’s also the perfect time of year to list your home for sale on the Nanaimo real estate MLS.

Keep reading to discover the most important things to do before listing your home in Nanaimo this Spring.

Why Spring is the best selling season

There’s an old saying that goes, “The best time to fish is when the fish are biting.” If this year is anything like last year, homebuyers in Nanaimo will definitelybebiting in Spring.

Here are some of the reasons why Spring is the best time to sell a home in Nanaimo:

  • Warmer weather makes plants, animals, and homebuyers much more active. Winter is fading away, the holidays are over, and buyers are ready, willing, and able to buy their new home before summer arrives.
  • Combination of low interest rates and a hot real estate market ensure that there are plenty of home buyers who want to be first in line to purchase their new home.
  • As a seller, you can get a jump start on the competition by listing your home for sale and increase the odds that your home gets sold first.

How to prepare for a Spring listing

Here’s what to do this Spring before listing your home for sale on the Nanaimo real estate MLS:

  1. Get your home professionally inspected so that you can get things fixed and avoid getting caught off guard by your buyer’s inspection report.
  2. Have a friend who isn’t afraid of hurting your feelings give your home a critical look, just like a qualified buyer will.
  3. Spruce up your landscaping by trimming the trees (even if they don’t have leaves yet), cleaning up the flowerbeds, and raking the front and back yard.
  4. Decluttering is the perfect indoor project before the weather turns nice, plus your house will look more spacious and brighter.
  5. Painting is one of the least expensive and easiest DIY projects you can do, and also one of the best ways to make an amazing first impression on your buyer.
  6. Wash your windows inside and out and polish the mirrors until they shine – consider using a power sprayer on the outside of the house to remove any wintertime dirt and grime.
  7. If it’s too cold to replant the flower beds, buy some tulips or daffodils and put them in containers under your front porch, because nothing says “Welcome Home” like fresh flowers.
  8. Clean your curtains and dust your blinds to get rid of dirt, dust, and spider webs and if you have the budget, consider replacing window coverings with lightweight, colorful curtains to accent the time of year.
  9. Polish your floors, bleach dull grout, clean area rugs, and refinish your hardwood floors if needed.
  10. Make Spring rain your friend by having an outdoor mat ready for your buyers so they can clean their shoes, and put an umbrella stand by the front door.
  11. Use plastic runners for floor protection carefully, because they can end up hiding all the time and effort you put in to make your floors glitter.
  12. Set up a drink station with chilled bottled water for guests or coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in case Spring decides she’s not quite ready to arrive.

Last, but definitely not least, price your home right the first time. If your home is priced too high when you list, it’s much more difficult to get buyers to return a second time once you reduce your price.

Plus, savvy buyer’s agents track asking price reductions and days on market. Which means that buyers may try to lowball you if they see you’ve lowered your price!

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