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Preparing Your Home For A Summer Sale Is Easy As 1, 2, 3!!


    Summer is in full swing and thoughts of putting your home on the market may have breezed through your mind. Industry experts say summer is an ideal time to list a home because many families with children make their moves during this season and buyers are often more relaxed from taking their summer vacations. Those considering listing their homes should consult with a real estate sales professional, like myself, and have a checklist ready - and that checklist is easy as 1, 2, 3.

    First, I will provide you with a sales marketing plan that includes a pricing strategy that takes into consideration competing homes, current inventory levels and time on market. That plan will also outline the online marketing approach and the initiatives you need to complete as a homeowner to ensure success.

    Second, sellers should clean everything!! Ensure that the home has optimal curb appeal particularly during the hot summer months since gardens need a little extra attention. Ensure that lawns are mowed, clutter is removed, trash bins are hidden from view, exterior paint is fresh and no roof shingles are missing. First impressions are important and potential buyers do judge a house by its exterior, so be sure to invest a little time and elbow grease to win over buyers before they even walk through the door.

    The inside obviously should not be forgotten. Consider cleaning windows, vacuuming carpets, and clearing all  the dust that accumulates in exhaust  and ceiling fans, and lighting fixtures. If deep cleaning is not your forte, hire a professional cleaning service to scrub the home. Equally important is to declutter as minimalist interiors tend to show best. Minimize extra furniture by renting a small storage space while you are in the process of showing your home. The small cost is worth the large return.

    Third, comfort is key. During the summer months, the heat is on so be sure to have your AC running at a comfortable temperature. If your home is not equipped with AC, then make sure the windows are open and fans are running in the extra warm spaces. It is also a good idea to ensure that shutters and blinds are drawn until just before the open house to help keep out the heat.

    If you are considering listing your home this summer, contact me and let me help. Whether you are looking to make a purchase or sale, I can provide guidance and advise you on what you need to know, so you can make the decisions that are right for you.

    Al Fross is a Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Sales Associate based in the Bedminster/Bridgewater office. Al has lived in the Bradley Gardens section of Bridgewater since 1993 and has been an active volunteer in many recreational and community organizations including serving as a current member of Bridgewater’s Board of Adjustment and as past Chairman of the Township’s Planning Board. His knowledge of the Bridgewater and surrounding areas makes him the perfect “partner” when selling your existing property or buying your new home.