Monday, March 21, 2011

Get Your Lexington Home Ready to Sell with These 10 Tips!

Now that spring is officially here, and the weather is beginning to warm up; you may be considering selling your Lexington MA home. While you may love living in Lexington, things such as a job transfer or other extenuating circumstances may be causing you to need to sell your home. Or, you may just want to “move-up” to your dream home in Lexington! Either way, selling your home may seem like an overwhelming process.

You may have heard reports of the housing market still leaning in favor of buyers, and while the market is recovering; you will have your work cut out for you in selling your Lexington home. This, however, does not mean it’s impossible! You’ll want to put in a little extra work before placing your home on the market to ensure it stands out from among the competition! Below are ten ways to get your home ready to put on the Lexington Real Estate market!

1. Improve your landscaping- Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your Lexington home’s lawn is immaculate. Selling your home in the spring means making sure you’ve cleared away any debris that may have collected during the winter months. Add a few potted plants outside when you know your home is going to be shown to potential buyers for a welcoming touch. In the warmer months, mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers.

2. Clean the outside- A disheveled exterior will make buyers think you've slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure wash your home's siding. If you have a porch, make it as welcoming as possible!

3. Make the front door inviting- A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers so Lexington buyers can see them from the curb.

4. Make repairs- In a buyer’s market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Lexington buyers know what to expect in a home. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof as well as smaller repairs such as a loose hinges on a cabinet or a missing brick from your walkway. Knowing there are things that will need to be fixed when they move in can greatly discourage buyers.

5. Buy a new welcome mat- Let buyers know they're invited into your home. This is a seemingly small thing to do, but an old, dirty welcome mat that has been weathered by the Massachusetts winter, will make buyers wonder what else you’ve overlooked in your home. A fresh mat will show buyers that you pay attention to the smallest details in every aspect of your Lexington home.

6. Organize closets and drawers- Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn't have enough storage space. Having built-in organizers in closets, and even the kitchen pantry, will give the impression that keeping things organized will be a breeze.

7. Remove clutter and depersonalize- Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. By removing personal photos and items; buyers will be less distracted. If your storage space is limited, perhaps renting a storage unit while your home is on the market is a smart choice. Extra furniture will only make your home appear smaller and more cluttered.

8. Make every surface shine- From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between; clean your home until it shines.

9. Take color down a notch- You might like your bright yellow bedroom, but it may turn those looking to buy a home in Lexington. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.

10. Scrutinize- Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you? Take a few minutes to do the following: Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer. Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces if needed, so that the furniture arrangement makes sense. Make sure window coverings hang level. Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and is it aesthetically pleasing? Be the “buyer” of your own home.

Once you’ve gone through this list and have taken the time to really evaluate your home; you’ll find that your home will be in great condition to go on the market! Prepping your Lexington home for sale will help the home selling process go much more smoothly.

If you have any questions about these ten tips or about selling your Lexington home; please let me know! As a Lexington Real Estate agent; my goal is to help people navigate through the housing market and ensure their home selling experience is a positive one. Please feel free to contact me today to get started!

Theresa D'Antuono

Lexington MA Real Estate Agent
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