Many people think that the Spring real estate market is a few months away, the truth is that it is already here. If you are thinking of listing your home there are a few things that you must consider.
First, the minute you sign the listing contract, your home is no longer yours. True, you may physically live in the space, but others will be looking to see if it can become their space. As seen on HGTV, they will make comments and judge your choices on just about everything. This is why it is best not to be around for showings!.
Second, look at your home through the eyes of someone who has never been in it. You may not notice imperfections, but to buyers, something small can grow in their minds. Likewise, look at what attracted you to the home in the first place and build on that.
Third, today's look is clean and minimal, buyers want something that feels spacious. Storage units can be your friend, so start on the de-cluttering and perhaps try moving some furniture around to open up the flow in your rooms. Some recommend a total stripping of any personal touches - photographs, personal statements ect. I don't think that you need to go scorched earth on pictures of grandma and the kids, but perhaps a more curated look, remember that a buyer is trying to visualize how their pictures of grandma and the kids will look, so some well placed items will add warmth.
Fourth, take a hard look at your closets, basements and attics if you have them. People are obsessed with closet space and you want to make sure you look like you have a generous amount, so look through your things and ask "does this 6 year old coast/sweater/shirt give me joy/" If not, why do you have it taking up space? You need to pack anyway, so might as well get started!
Fifth - Clean, clean and clean some more. Clean in places you never thought of, or have someone do it for you. you may not see it, but a buyer will, and perception is a big part of sales.
These are just a few things to get you started on the journey to your next place, May 2019 bring you joy and prosperity!
Author:Steve Drabkowski Phone: 215-760-5825 Dated: January 3rd 2019 Views: 136 About Steve: Steve has been a long term resident of Philadelphia, coming here in 1983 and being stationed at the ...
I have 11 years’ experience in residential and commercial properties throughout the Philadelphia area and inner ring suburbs. In my former life, I practiced law in Philadelphia in the areas of Premises and Products Liability, which translated beautifully into having a deep understanding of how houses “work” and Contract Law, not to mention being in the midst of my second personal renovation.
I live with my family in Germantown in a Queen Anne and previously lived in Fishtown until 2011. I'm the President of the West Germantown Neighborhood Association as well as a member of the zoning committee. I am originally a native of Rochester, NY (go Wegmans!) and attended undergrad at Eugene Lang in New York City and Univ ersity of Rochester, where I received a BA in Political Science in 1998. I attended Law School at State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law where I received a Juris Doctor in 2003 and became a member of the PA Bar as well in 2003. I practiced in Philly for 2 1/2 years before making the leap to real estate, my true love.
I am a dog fanatic with a beautiful Husky/Collie (I'd guess?) mix at home…I can most likely find you a rescue dog too if you’d like one for your home! I am a sucker for old homes with original details, back staircases, stained glass but love elements of most periods of design. When I’m not selling houses, I can most often be found hanging out with my two young daughters at all the kid hot spots in town.
2017 and 2012 Space & Company Top Producer Transactions Award
2017 Space & Company Year Over Year Sales Growth Award
2016 Best Realtor-Philadelphia Home Magazine
2013-2017 Five Star Real Estate Professional Award
2012-2017 Best Realtor Philly Happening List finalist
2014 Best of Trulia Award
2014 & 2016 Space & Company Leadership Award
2013 Space & Company Top Producer Sales Volume