If you’ve been thinking about buying or selling your house this spring, now is the time to jump in and start planning! Coming off of a record year that topped $3 billion in sales for 2017, the Ada County and Boise real estate market is hot.
Traditionally, spring is when real estate is most active, but last year it amped up early with buyers and sellers getting busy in February. We expect more of the same this year, and with a proper game plan, you can take advantage of the excitement. But, you need to get to work now.
First, whether buying or selling, interview local agents who have expertise in the area and hire the one who answers your questions confidently, listens to you and presents a strategy. If you are selling your house, select an agent who will stage, professionally photograph and market your home, and will communicate with you/advise you throughout the process. If you are buying, select an agent who listens to your wants and needs, communicates well with you and you feel comfortable knowing they have your best interest at heart.
Also, learn about the market where you are buying or selling so that you have reasonable expectations on pricing. Some people think their home is worth more than the market will bear, because of sentimental reasons or what they paid for it. Overpricing your house results in it not selling. Eventually you will have to lower the price anyway, so price it right in the beginning. Ask your agent for comparable sales in the area and have reasonable expectations. Likewise, if you are buying, you will of course want to get the best deal possible, but the sellers know what their house is worth. Low-balling likely won’t result in a positive outcome for you.
Tips for Spring Cleaning and Getting Your House Ready to Sell
If you are selling, you know you will have to do some spring cleaning and decluttering, so you may as well get started now so you won’t have to do everything at once. Because of low inventory, buyers are making decisions quickly, so you need to be sure your house will show at its shining best. We recommend staging – we offer complimentary staging with every listing – however, before staging you will have to declutter, pack up (you’re moving anyway, so you might as well get a head start), and clean.
After doing some research, we liked Martha Stewart’s spring cleaning tips best. However, Joanna Gaines has a good blog also. We liked Joanna’s recommendation on organizing before you start your cleaning. She says, “This spring cleaning is a perfect opportunity to rid your home of the “stuff” you can live without. I can’t stress this enough—your whole family will feel the benefits of rooms and spaces that can breathe, so before you even start the cleaning, get five trash bags and start filling them with items your family has outgrown or no longer needs. If you don’t love it, toss it. Trash anything that is broken and serves no purpose and donate items to local shelters and you’ll feel much better before you even start.” Click here for Joanna’s full blog and checklist.
Back to Martha — she recommends, “After you read through the tips and techniques, tailor the list to your home and yard. Create a realistic schedule, keeping in mind that a single weekend won't suffice, as you'll need several days for more involved projects, such as shampooing carpets and organizing closets. Whether you prefer to proceed from the attic to the basement or start outdoors and wind your way inside, focus on one task at a time. And be sure to enlist the help of family members.”
Click here for a thorough and printable Martha Stewart spring cleaning checklist.
And, don’t forget about the outside of your home. Check out our blog on tips for spring cleaning the exterior of your home: http://www.dawntempleton.com/2017/03/28/top-tips-to-spring-up-your-boise-house/
By Bonnie Way Snider, Licenced Realtor© and Blogger
http://www.marthastewart.com/267295/spring-cleaning-checklist. The information was excerpted from "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook" (Clarkson Potter/Publishers; 2006).