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By: Karen Behfar



Preparing Your Home
for the Spring Market

Sellers

Whether your home is brand new on the market or is returning to the market after a winter hiatus, spring is the time that many sellers want to get their homes out there in time for the busy real estate season – despite being a very winter season here in Brooklyn!

For sellers, it's important to start getting your home ready long before the snow is gone and the flowers have bloomed.

Begin Packing and Organizing Your Belongings

There's no way to know for sure how long it will take for your home to sell – it could take a month, or half a year. And while it may seem early to start packing up your things before a sale occurs,
it's best to be prepared for any outcome.

Clear the Clutter

Prospective buyers are going to want to step into your home and see a placethey can visualize living in and making their own.
The best way to do that is to create a blank slate. Keep it neat, reduce the amount of clutter you have on shelves and surfaces, and depersonalize as much as you can. The idea is to showcase your home without distracting from it.

Make Repairs and Improvements

Applying a coat of paint to walls and trim, or even touching up certain areas, can make a world of difference in the appearance of your home. If painting isn't an option, you can give the walls and trim a thorough cleaning to improve the overall space. It's also a good idea to spruce up your front door, since that's the first thing a buyer will see when they walk in.

Brighten Up the Home

Let the light in – change light bulbs as needed.
We recentlychanged all the light bulbs on a home we were
selling – four full floors (stopped counting after I reached ten…)
to brighten up the home! It made such a difference.

Moving Up to a Luxury Home?

Are you currently in a starter home that no longer fits your needs? I get these calls a lot – all the time. Homeowners live in a home, and for numerous reasons it doesn’t work anymore and they need an upgrade from their current living conditions.
Read on and let us know if any of these scenarios sound familiar:

Location– The kids are older, starting to get married, and the block is full of young couples.

The block demographics don’t work for you any longer – or you can’t do that 20-minute hike to shul anymore.

Parking– When you moved in, you were okay with sharing a driveway because you just had one or two cars. With driving teens and young married couples you need space to park multiple cars. Hence the need for a private driveway!

Bedroom Count / Living Space– Younger families need less space, while older, larger families can use more bedrooms and, in general, more living space to accommodate everyone.
As you grow, space becomes limited. A larger home with more bedrooms, bathrooms, and more living space to accommodate larger tables and events is a true necessity.

Real Estate Fun FactS:

1.The needle on top of the Empire State Building was originally intended as an anchor for blimps!

2.  In 1997 Pepsi held a contest to win a life-size replica of the Simpson’s house or $75,000. The contest winner chose the cash. The house was
then renovated to look like
a normal home
and re-sold.

Tips for Buyers

Be sure your Pre-approval & finances are all set.

Be open to homes that don’t meet every expectation on your list (unless you have a limitless price range). You’ll be amazed at how many options are out there.

Be courteous and respectful of the
owner/broker’s time – thanking the seller,broker, etc. isn't only proper, but gives a good impression and makes the seller remember you should you give an offer.