The winter isn’t the most popular time to sell your home. But if you’re planning on selling in 2022, there are things you’ll want to take care of now so that your home is ready to list when the temperature starts rising—and the market starts heating up. Which homes are selling almost as quickly as they come on the market? Ones that are decluttered and close to being move-in ready! They're also very likely to sell above list price!
But what, exactly, are those things?
A recent video from realtor.com outlined key steps homeowners should take now to get their home ready to sell in 2022, including:
- Tackle any necessary updates. Home prices are higher than ever—and, for many buyers, their expectations are just as high. In today’s market, many buyers are looking for a move-in ready home—so if you have any house projects you haven’t gotten around to (for example, repainting your cabinets or updating your light fixtures), now is the time to do it. Not only will it make your property more appealing to buyers, but it may help you fetch a higher price for your home!
- Declutter. No one wants a messy, cluttered home—and if your home looks messy or cluttered to buyers, it could make them think twice about putting in an offer. Before you start showing your home, go through your things and get rid of anything you don’t want, use, or need. By decluttering and paring down your stuff, you’ll be able to better showcase how spacious your home is—which is a major selling point for buyers.
- Focus on your landscaping. Curb appeal is incredibly important. You only get to make a first impression once—and if the first impression buyers get when they see your home is that your yard is out of control, it’s going to be hard to recover. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to take care of any landscaping needs (like trimming bushes, replacing mulch, or replanting grass) before you put your home on the market.