Thinking of Listing your home ? ... Dont Wait 'til Spring !!!!

Real Estate Agent with Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited


Time to List your home ?


Planning on putting it on the market for the Spring Season ?

Well Spring will be here in a flash, so you would be wise NOT to leave it until the last minute to have a gameplan, and talk to some professionals to help prepare your home.

Your first stop should be a trusted local Full Time Realtor.

These agents have a thorough knowledge of the local market, local trends, homes that have sold, the condition and features that they had, and also the condition and features of the ones that didnt sell. Analyzing comparative properties is a key step in preparing and positioning your home to sell !

In addition, many Realtors will have some tried and tested tips and advice to help you go room to room through your home, and make recommendations to make each room show the best it can show to potential Buyers.

@@ Remember, the way you LIVE in your home and the way you prepare to SELL your home, are often two completely different environments ! @@

... a Realtor can assist you in preparing your home so it shows in its best light !



However, sometimes these recommendations may take a little while to complete. For example, one of the best recommendations for most homes is to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. A freshly painted room has a much brighter, sharper more appealing look than one that has tired looking paint with scuff marks or splashes, and will certainly be more attractive to a buyer.


... but it may take time to either paint each wall yourself, or schedule someone to come in and paint for you ... again, another reason to start your research and preparation NOW as opposed to days or a week before you want to list !



Also, you may want to replace things like cabinet hardware, broken blinds, or even an old, worn countertop - again, these are things that may take time.

Yes there are many people who refuse to put money INTO their home just for them to sell it ! But history and certainly in my personal experience, the people who put some money into making their home look a LOT more appealing almost ALWAYS reap the benefit from a quicker sale for more money than they would have got without the improvements.

So if you decide to do some improvements, you may also need to contact and talk to the service providers, like the painters, carpenters etc...and again, you may need to get on their schedule a few weeks in advance at least.

Then there's the option of a Sellers Home Inspection ! This has become more popular in recent years due to the large inventory of homes on the market, and with buyers being less willing to compromise on a home needing repairs, they often decide to just move on to another home on the market. With this in mind, many Sellers have decided to do a Sellers Home Inspection to uncover anything that they may not have been aware of regarding the structure and features of their home, and at least they will have the ability to fix them before it goes on the market, and an interested Buyer finds it during the home inspection and may be turned off.




Lastly, you may want to consider talking with a Home Stager, to see if there are additional accents or furniture pieces that would enhance the appeal of your home, that a Stager could bring in to help you !





So as you can see, there could be some time and legwork needed to prepare your home to show the best it can show when you list it !

Time waits for no-one and is flying by, so if you are considering listing your home this Spring - it would be in your best interest to find a reliable, experienced local Realtor at least a month or more before you would like to list it !

... it also gives you and your family time to prepare yourselves mentally and emotionally for the change in daily routines once there will be buyers coming to view your home !

Prepare well, and Good Luck !!




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Suzanne Taylor
Home Sales In Corpus Christi, TX

Sheldon, I agree with Scott, those are some great tips.  I especially liked the difference between living in your home and selling your home.

January 15, 2011 03:07 PM
Karen Crowson
Livermore Wine Country Homes
Alain Pinel Realtors, Pleasanton, CA

Yep, your competition will be greatly reduced if you're a little head of the spring market.

January 15, 2011 03:39 PM
Jeff Dowler CRS
Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
Solutions Real Estate

 The so called spring market doesn't really start in Spring, it starts soon after the New Year.  Waiting will put you in front of more competition, and buyers are looking now.  For many, it takes some prep time and planning - you can't just decide one day to sell and be ready immediately.


January 15, 2011 03:54 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Sheldon-Very wise advice. That is what I am doing now myself.

January 15, 2011 04:07 PM
Mary Douglas
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
United Country Ponderosa Realty

Hi Sheldon, I'm surprised how quickly time flies, it will BE spring before we know it -- you're right it's time to get ready now.

January 15, 2011 04:16 PM
Susan Mangigian
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A

Great advice here Sheldon!  In our area, as well as yours, the spring market starts now!  

January 15, 2011 04:30 PM
Cherise Selley
Colorado Springs Realtor
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC


I'm with you on this.  The staging and upgrades and listings need to go on the market now, before the Spring.  Is your son for hire?  g

January 15, 2011 04:37 PM
Robert Hammerstein
Bergen County NJ Real Estate
Keller Williams Valley Realty

Sheldon - You know and I know that the spring market is days away from now so the time to prepare is now... Good points... If only this snow would stop then maybe we could get on with the spring market... lol

January 15, 2011 04:42 PM
Connie Goodrich
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas
Keller Williams Realty

Premier the home when it will show to it's very best!  The first viewers generally are the serious buyers that are now looking at fresh inventory in hopes of jumping on that perfect house.  By waiting and do what you need to make that great first impression, you have just lost that special buyer.  Time now to get into information and find out what you need to do so you can carefully take care of those honey-do lists ... and yes use the best professional that is experienced and cares ... Sheldon!!

January 15, 2011 05:08 PM
Leslie Ebersole
REALTOR - Chicagonulls Western Suburbs
Baird&Warner Fox Valley

Sheldon: it can take 90-120 days to get a house into selling condition. Many sellers make the mistake of investing in the wrong things when getting the house ready to list. All the Benjamin Moore Dover White paint in the world can't overcome a trip hazard in a house that is likely to get an offer with an FHA loan. A new bedspread can't overcome the water heater with corroded pipes. A new furnace can't overcome acres of dog pee stains in the white carpeting. All needs to be balanced.

A great "full time local Realtor who knows the market" can tell people what to invest in to make the house sellable. It's maddening to get called in May and then tell them they have months of work. We started our "get ready to list now" campaign last month. Since December, many of the calls are from existing listings and some are very, very sad.

Great post, suggested.

January 15, 2011 05:26 PM
William Collins
Director of Property Management
ERA Queen City Realty

Sheldon, thanks for the post. I just listed a property yesterday where the owner was considering a spring listing date. Who needs the competition! Bring the serious buyers on!

January 15, 2011 05:33 PM
Dorie Dillard
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker United Realtors

Good evening Sheldon,

I just got in from an appointment discussing these exact things! They are going to make up their minds in the next few weeks if we are going to shoot for going to market the end of February. Good advice Sheldon..great post!

January 15, 2011 06:13 PM
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY


Spring is now. In the seasons of real estate, the weather is secondary. Once the holidays are over, it is a sprint to the end of the  school year. 

January 15, 2011 06:21 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor
Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395

Great post....even here in Sunny California (80 degrees today) people do wait for Spring.

January 15, 2011 09:25 PM
Susan Emo
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

I say Spring begins on the 15th January!   Thanks for a great article -  I'm re-blogging and suggesting!

January 15, 2011 09:34 PM
Esther (Essie) Cruz
Manalapan Marlboro, NJ Real Estate
Weichert Realtors, Serving Monmouth & Middlesex Counties


"Thanks for sharing--great tips!"


January 15, 2011 10:34 PM
Jane Peters
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
Power Brokers Int'l

Way to get ahead of the competition, Sheldon.  Your lucky sellers will have homes that will outshine their competition.

January 15, 2011 11:30 PM
Jim Hale
On the Move for You! - Eugene - Springfield Oregon Real Estate

Spring has already sprung....pending sales will be almost as good now as in the spring....when inventory will be heading upward.

At least in my locale.

January 15, 2011 11:46 PM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Real Estate Salesperson
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956

Sheldon, as you say it takes time to get a home show ready.  If they wait until spring to start, they may miss the market while they're busy getting ready.

January 16, 2011 12:52 AM
Ann Allen Hoover
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
RE/MAX Advantage South

Spring is just around the corner?  HOORAY!!!!!  I'm getting tired snow and ice already.  There are a lot of people shopping for homes right now.  Get those homes ready and on the market!

January 16, 2011 10:53 AM
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