Get Your Home Ready for the Spring Market

By Windy Harris, Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty

The spring market is here and now is the time to list your home for sale.

So let me share with you the dirty truth about buyers—home buyers are going to be much more critical of your home than they are of their own. Most people don’t clean their house top to bottom weekly, but they will notice if you don’t!   When your home is on the market, it needs to stay in show condition, the look you would expect of a builder’s model home.

Sellers must look at their homes from the eyes of a buyer and not make it personal. It is important to open up floor space by removing excess furniture, de-personalizing and de-cluttering invites prospective home buyers to imagine themselves in your home. Those picky buyers will feel welcomed and relaxed, hopefully imagining where they might put their things! We always tell our sellers: once your home is on the market, it’s no longer your home.

It might start to seem like it will take forever to accomplish, but getting your home ready before listing is imperative. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Don’t make the costly mistake of listing your home for sale before you have had time to finish up the process.

If you start to lose focus, just remember: your goal is that prospective home buyers won’t be able to tell whether or not anyone lives in the home. Your home should stand out above the rest because you have gone above what the average home seller would do. Rest assured, all your hard work will pay off at the closing table.

Now that you know what buyers expect, let’s get your home on the market and sold!  Contact me today for my 10 Steps To Selling or for an in home consultation.  My team and I will make sure your home outshines the competition.


Windy Harris  brings over 20 years of diverse real estate experience ranging from first time home buyers, investment real estate and luxury properties. She is driven by a client-centric philosophy with a dedication to excellence and superior service standards. Her dynamic business and marketing skills have developed over time a program know as the “Hassle Free Performance Program”. This program gives her clients the confidence that their interests are Windy’s number one priority. Windy will work hard to make sure your home sells quickly and for top dollar. This ensures over 90 percent of her business is generated by past clients and referrals. After you have reviewed the information, Windy looks forward to having the opportunity to earn your business whether you are buying or selling.

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