Get Ready: The Spring Market Is Approaching!
By Rosie Stieby
Daniel Island Real Estate Sales Associate
I’ve lived on Daniel Island for 15 years and spring has always been one of my favorite seasons here. The weather is incredible, perfect for some of my family’s favorite island events like the Concert in the Park and Red Balloon Yard Sale. It’s also the beginning of swim season. For years I was involved in the Daniel Island Swim Team as a volunteer and board member, and I always enjoyed working with other community members in the spring months as we prepared for the season.
Spring is a busy time of year for real estate on Daniel Island, too. We had a great year in 2014 and indicators suggest a strong market this year, as well. If you’re considering listing your home for sale, here are some helpful tips to get it ready for the busy spring market!
Start Packing: You’ll need to do this anyway, so you might as well get a head start! Clean out the garage and closets, and pack away items you don’t use on a regular basis. This will make your space look larger and neater.
De-Clutter: Our family lives by the rule: If you haven’t worn or used something for over a year, it’s time to let it go. Clear off counters, get rid of old magazines and remove some items from your shelves. Get ready for the next Red Balloon yard sale or donate items to your favorite charity!
De-Personalize: Take down family photos and personal artifacts. You don’t want buyers focusing on who is living there; you want buyers imagining themselves living there. If you want to take window treatments with you when you move, pull them down now. If the dining room chandelier is a family heirloom, replace it now. If the buyers want these items and can’t have them, it could ruin the sale.
Make Minor Improvements: Take a look around and consider small improvements that will make your home look fresher to buyers. I’m not suggesting a total kitchen or bath renovation. Instead, identify minor repairs: replace caulk or grout in your bathroom, update ceiling fans or light fixtures, change hardware on cabinets or doors, paint the front door and trim on the porch, replace burned out light bulbs, patch any holes or cracked seams in drywall and power wash the house and sidewalk.
Check Curb Appeal: It’s true that first impressions are critical. We can’t get them inside the house if they don’t like what they see when we drive up. Make sure the buyer isn’t turned off by a lack of curb appeal by doing some exterior clean-up in advance: clear the sidewalks, mow the lawn, freshen the pine straw, plant flowers (yellow is a great color – it evokes a buying emotion), paint any faded window trim and trim the bushes.
Let it Shine!: A clean house makes a great impression. Wash the windows, inside and out. Clean out the refrigerator. Clean and air out musty smelly areas. Odors are a big turn off and potential area of concern for buyers.
Interview Realtors: Your home is one of your biggest investments, if not your biggest, so make sure you select an agent who has the right experience and knowledge of the area. At Daniel Island Real Estate, we have 11 agents working 7 days a week for you. I’m always happy to provide a free market analysis for your home.
Originally from Ohio, Rosie Stieby has lived on Daniel Island for 15 years with her husband, Doug, and three children.