Spring officially breaks on March 20th. As the weather warms up (but before it gets too hot), buyers begin looking at houses. Families prefer to move while the kids are out of school for the summer. That makes spring prime time for home buying. Now, if you want to sell your home, you need to prepare it now. Here are a few items for your Tucson home seller "honey do" list that need to be completed before you put your home on the market.
What Every Tucson Home Seller Should Do Before They List Their House
Spring Cleaning...and Then Some!
First, clean. Baseboards, windows, carpets, upholstery, sinks, tubs, showers, toilets. It all needs to shine! Wipe down the walls. Clean off the counters. Mop the floors. Don't forget to dust your ceiling fan blades. And before you think you can stuff things into cupboards and closets, don't! Buyers open up everything when they inspect your Tucson home. Take a little time to organize the dishes in your cupboards, the foodstuff in your pantry, and the clothes in your closets. You want to show the space being used but not cluttered.
Store, Sell or Toss
And speaking of closets...time to get rid of any old clothes, shoes, and accessories you never wear anymore. Buyers want to see ample closet space. If it's filled to the brim with clothes and shoes, buyers can't see its size. Pare down to the basics you use on a weekly basis and pack up, sell or donate the rest. Leave space in between clothes by adding empty hangars. And always make sure to show that there is plenty of space for shoes.
In other decluttering news, now's the time to start your packing. Begin with items you don't use regularly (heavy blankets, holiday decorations, china plates, crystal glasses, etc). Then, take down family photos, kids art, spoon collections, anything personal. These can all be packed away carefully and kept in a rented storage unit. You're going to want to keep your garage clear of any excess items, too. If you or your family have outgrown something but it's still in good condition, sell it or donate it. If it's beyond repair, toss it. For the Tucson home seller, less is definitely more.
Repair the "Little Things"
Next up on the "honey do" list? Repair anything that you've put off taking care of. For example, replace your burned out light bulbs. Tighten up loose knobs or handles on your doors, drawers, and cabinets. Oil squeaky hinges. Replace torn or cracked flooring. You may have been content to live with it as it is, but buyers start listing these small things in their head as demerits towards what they will offer you for a purchase price. It also wouldn't hurt to have a home inspection performed to identify any larger problem areas that need to be addressed. This helps avoid any "surprises" down the road.
Freshen Up Your Curb Appeal
Living in a desert climate, our landscaping tends to be pretty minimal. But it shouldn't be neglected. Weed regularly. Trim back overgrown brush. Add flowering succulents for a pretty pop of color. A nice recycling water feature adds a beautiful touch without putting a strain on your water consumption. Brand new exterior light fixtures may be in order. And, if your door is looking a little worse for wear, paint it a bright color for a fresh, new look. Always make sure trash bins are tucked neatly out of sight on the side of the house and any tools or toys are stored away in an orderly fashion in the garage.
Take your personal feelings out of the equation. Every Tucson home seller should walk around their property, inspecting it like a buyer would. If it's something you would question if you were the buyer, make sure you address it before you list. Then, when you're ready to sell, give me a call. I'd love to work with you.