If you’re planning to sell your home in the spring, then it helps to start preparing as early as possible — even if that means taking action in the frosty days of winter.
There’s a lot of planning and many moving parts that go into getting your home ready to sell, particularly if you’re hoping to enter the market during the bustling spring season. Taking some key steps ahead of time can help make the entire selling process easier, allowing you to show off your property in the best light and perhaps even set yourself up for a faster, easier, and more lucrative sale.
So, what steps can you take in the winter months to set yourself up for a successful spring sale? Here are three key things you can do to prepare for the spring market, even in the middle of a freezing Chicagoland winter:
Connect With a Real Estate Agent
The winter season can be a great time to do some research and start looking for the real estate agent who will help you with your home sale, so you can hit the ground running for an early spring start.
Finding a real estate professional is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in the journey to sell your home. Working with an experienced, knowledgeable real estate agent is one of the most effective ways to streamline your home sale, so you can make this complex process faster and easier, at every step of the way.
Throughout the sales process, your agent will wear many hats, acting as your selling expert, trusted advisor, and, at times, maybe even your therapist. He or she will take the responsibility off your plate, managing all the people and moving parts to make sure you get the results you want, whether you go to market in winter, spring, summer, or fall.
When you sell with Baird & Warner, our agents bring unparalleled knowledge and innovation to the table. Your Baird & Warner agent can help you get your home ready to sell, while offering marketing solutions that will help get your home in front of the right audience of potential buyers, at just the right time. Along the way, your agent will help manage inspectors, appraisers, loan officers, and title attorneys, while leading negotiations and closing the sale.
Declutter and Depersonalize
Whether you’ve lived in your home for a few years or a few decades, you’ve probably left a mark. In order to get your home ready to sell by spring, it helps to take some time during the winter to declutter and depersonalize your space.
Depersonalizing your space means taking steps to make it easier for buyers to picture themselves living there, allowing them to see your listing as their dream home. Often, this will involve taking down family photos, unique pieces of art, sports memorabilia, and other specific touches that could turn off prospective buyers. The winter can also be a great time to make some simple cosmetic switches that make your home more inviting and appealing, like replacing distinctive lighting fixtures or wallpaper patterns with more accessible, neutral choices.
The winter months can also be a prime time to pack, organize, and get rid of the clutter that may have built up around your property over the years, while also taking on some simple cleaning tasks. This way, you can make sure that your real estate professional will be able to show off your home in the best possible light come springtime.
To declutter your home, focus on target areas, such as living areas and storage spaces, working in steps to sort through your stuff and throw away items you no longer want, donate usable goods to local charities, and move other things into temporary storage. Along the way, you can make your home shine by handling some simple cleaning jobs, including wiping down your counters and cabinets, cleaning floors, washing windows, and making sure that the home smells clean and fresh.
Spruce Up Your Space, Inside and Out
Want to help manage your “cabin fever” — and help get your home ready to sell when the spring market rolls around? During the winter, take some time to do a walkthrough of your entire property, imagining how you’d view the space as a potential buyer. This can be a great way to help you see your familiar home with fresh eyes, allowing you to make plans when it comes to updating, renovating, and staging your home for spring.
There are all sorts of key tasks you can take on during winter, from scheduling a pre-listing inspection to connecting with a professional staging company to talk strategy. The winter months can also be a great time to take on some DIY projects, from painting the walls to sprucing up the curb appeal on the outside of your home.
When you sell with Baird & Warner, your agent can help you connect with professionals that provide expert presale renovation services, making it easier to get a home updated quickly and affordably before it’s listed.
We partner with Curbio, whose experts make turnkey renovations to your property based on what buyers are looking and paying for in your market. That means when the home goes on the market, it can sell faster and for a higher price — while making the process as stress-free as possible. Curbio assigns a project manager who will handle the entire renovation quickly and efficiently, so you don’t have to wait any longer than necessary to get the home on the market. Plus, the service operates on a “Renovate Now, Pay When You Sell” model, which means there’s no upfront cost to you.
Shouldn’t Selling a Home Be Easier?
There’s an art and science to selling your home. As the largest independent and locally owned real estate brokerage in Chicagoland, Baird & Warner is home to thousands of the most highly skilled real estate professionals in the area. Our brokers are hyperlocal experts who know just what it takes to prepare, market, and sell your home, while helping you navigate the process with ease at every step of the way. With mortgage and title services in-house and innovative partners who are as committed to giving clients the best possible service as we are… It’s just easier here.