Want to Make a Move in Port Alberni this Fall? Read this first!
by Dave Koszegi
on Monday, August 26th, 2019 at 12:43pm.
Is it just us, or are we detecting those first telltale signs of autumn in the air?
Although most of our kids are not back to school yet, we’re gearing up to prepare for the busy-ness that comes with September - back to routines, schedules, and productive habits. Come September, serious buyers will be feeling the pressure to make their move before the holiday season or bad weather hits - so if you’re thinking of selling, NOW is a great time to put your home on the market.
We’ve put together some of our tried-and-true tips for making the most of your autumn sale.
If you want to put your home on the market this fall, here’s what you’ll want to do first!
#1. Contact The Dave Koszegi Group
First of all, you’ll want to be sure to get in touch with your experienced and trusted Real Estate team.
It’s been a pleasure to help families, couples, and individuals in the Alberni Valley make their Real Estate dreams - and we can certainly put our experience to work for you.
We can help you assess your home ownership goals - and ensure they are aligned with your current budget and lifestyle needs - and will help you prioritize your next best steps forward.
If you decide to put your home on the market, we’ll accurately assess the market value of your home and help you any financing and/or paperwork in place.
As well, we’ll want to help you prepare your home so it’s ready once the potential buyers are - which brings us to our next step.
#2. Make Your Home Maintenance To-Do List
Now (more than ever) is the time to ramp up your home maintenance plan - rake those leaves, clean your gutters, and trim the trees and shrubs. Consider a coat of fresh paint for your doors, shutters, and varnish for your porch, deck or siding.
If it’s in your budget, be sure to consider upgrading your exterior illumination if it isn’t up to par. Days are shorter, and potential buyers will be out scouting for new homes after school and after their kids’ activities in the evenings. Be sure your home is presented in the most flattering light possible! Not to mention, this is an asset for your safety, too.
Finally? Once September rolls around, you can add autumnal accents for an inviting, warm look - line your doorway with pumpkins and gourds, or hang an earthy, seasonal wreath on your front door.
#3. Tidy Up Like Marie Kondo - and Stage to Sell!
If you’re not already familiar with the KonMari Method of decluttering (as seen on Marie Kondo’s Netflix show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo), it’s a really fun way to approach tidying up your home to make it MLS-ready - leaving your home with items ONLY that bring you joy.
Here are some of the principles of the KonMari Method:
Commit to tidying up
Imagine your ideal lifestyle
Tidy by category - not room
Get rid of what doesn’t bring you value - does it bring you joy?
Ensuring your property is as clean, well-staged, and de-personalized as possible will help drive up your market value and encourage a faster sale - which means more money in your pocket! Pare down your home’s belongings to just what you’ll want to move with - and if you have extra, you can always place it into storage for the interim.
When it’s time to market your home, this helps us present your home as a “blank canvas” and reduces the appearance of what might be perceived as clutter in your listing photographs. Marketing your home as effectively as possible is of utmost importance to us - we’d be happy to tell you all about our proven digital and traditional marketing systems!
If all of this seems like a lot, not to worry! This is a team effort, and we’re here to help - every step of the way. We suggest simply starting at Step #1 and getting in touch as soon as possible.
Are you thinking of selling your Port Alberni or Sproat Lake home this fall?