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tips for listing your home in the busy spring market

The snow is gone, the days are growing longer, and it’s the perfect time to prepare your Maine home for listing this spring. The housing market typically sees a surge in activity during this season, and with the right preparation, your home can be the one that stands out to potential buyers. Below are a few helpful tips to get your Maine home ready to list in the spring, ensuring it’s in prime condition for a successful sale. We are experiencing a strong seller’s market in Southern Maine, but it is still essential to prepare your property to get the best closing price.

1. Deep Clean and Declutter:  First impressions are everything when selling a home, and a thorough deep cleaning will make your home shine. Start by decluttering each room, getting rid of any unnecessary items that may make the space feel crowded. This not only helps your home look more spacious and inviting but also makes it easier for potential buyers to envision themselves living there. If you need a professional clean, I can help

2. Enhance Curb Appeal:  In Maine, spring is a season of rejuvenation and growth. Make sure your home’s exterior reflects this by improving its curb appeal. Trim any overgrown bushes, rake leaves, and plant fresh flowers to create an inviting atmosphere. Pay close attention to your front door and entryway, as these are the first things potential buyers will see. A fresh coat of paint or a new door can make a big impact on your home’s appearance.

3. Address Maintenance Issues:  Take the time to address any maintenance issues your home may have before listing it. Leaky faucets, broken windows, and malfunctioning appliances can deter potential buyers, so make sure everything is in working order. Hire professionals if needed to make necessary repairs to prevent surprises during a buyer’s walk-through or home inspection. Need a handy-person? I can help! 

4. Update and Refresh:  To help your home stand out, consider making small updates that can have a big impact. Fresh paint, new light fixtures, and updated hardware can give your home a modern and well-maintained look without breaking the bank. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms, as these are areas buyers often focus on when evaluating a home.

5. Consider Staging Your Home:  Staging your home can make a significant difference in how quickly it sells and for how much. Remove personal items and arrange furniture to create a welcoming and functional space. Use neutral colors and simple decor to appeal to a wide range of buyers. If you’re unsure how to stage your home, consider hiring a professional stager to help you create the perfect environment for potential buyers. A professionally staged home could potentially lead to a higher price at closing.

6. Get Professional Photos:  High-quality, professional photos are essential for marketing your Maine home effectively. Showcase your home’s best features with a skilled photographer who specializes in real estate photography. Great photos and video can help your home stand out online and attract more interested buyers. As a listing agent, this is a service I always arrange and pay for as part of my marketing package to seller clients.

7. List With a Professional Broker:  Listing with a licensed real estate broker ensures that your property reaches as many buyers as possible. Lean on a professional to guide you through state required disclosures, tips to maximize your property’s appeal, showings/negotiations with other brokers and potential Buyers, and any bumps in the road that may arise.

 

With the right planning and preparation, your home can be ready to list and attract eager buyers this spring by creating a welcoming environment, addressing potential issues, and showcasing your home in the best possible light. You’ll soon be on your way to your next home and next adventure!

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