Spring time will be here before we know it. Christmas is behind us and many people are making plans to either buy or sell a house in the new year. If you're thinking about putting your house on the market this year, then here are some tips and tricks that may help you decide when to put your house on the market; and how to sell it quickly and for the most money possible.
When to sell your house
Everyone knows that Spring is the best time to put a house on the market. But new research gets even more specific to help you find that perfect magic window to list a home.
According to researchers at Zillow.com, the new magic listing window is between May 1st - May 15th. Zillow states that "Nationally, homes sold May 1-15 sell about 18.5 days faster and for 1 percent more than the average listing. That means an average premium of $1,700 for the seller of a median home."
If you're interested, Zillow has created an online tool that will analyze sales of comparable homes in your area, based on seasonal market conditions in your location, to help you determine when may be the best time to sell your home. You can view that tool by clicking here. More importantly, be sure to consult with your realtor as he or she will know all the nuances of how homes sell in your community.
How to sell your house
Your home is a massive investment. You've poured your heart and soul and lots of money into it. If you're trying to sell your house you want two things to happen:
1) to get as much for it as you can
2) to sell it quickly
Sure, YOU know that it has all new insulation and a new heat pump and new plumbing; but the potential buyer doing a casual drive-by doesn't know that. All they see is a dirty house covered in green nastiness, a roof that is smothered in black streaks and landscaping that is a mess. Most potential buyers will just drive right on past and go look at the next house on their list. This phenomena can be summed up in two words: curb appeal.
"Curb appeal is the all-important practice of improving how your home looks to buyers right as they pull up and park - or even as they drive by (slowly, one hopes). That includes your front yard, driveway, and your home's exterior, from its paint job to the potted plants on your patio to even the welcome mat that greets people as they pass through your front door.
Curb appeal is both an art and a science. And since it's a buyer's first impression of your home, it can be absolutely essential in selling your home."
Realtor.com advises that this first impression - or curb appeal - could add up to 20% to your home's final sale price. They recommend several points to look at such as strategic landscaping and painting. They also recommend cleaning everything: windows, driveways, decks, the house and the roof!
They recommend this based on data that shows that this will increase the selling value of your home by up to 20%. So depending on the overall value of your house, a good pressure washing and roof cleaning could add $15,000 - $25,000 to the final sale price.
The National Association of Realtors states that just pressure washing alone could add $10,000 - $15,000 to the final sale price.
In other words, if you're selling your home, you simply can't afford NOT to have your home's exterior professionally cleaned as it will help to sell your home faster and for a more desirable sale price.
An exterior cleaning is one of the smartest investments you'll make during the process of selling your house.
How Hogwash Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning Can Help!
Let us partner with you during this time to maximize the selling potential that a professional exterior cleaning (house wash, decks, patios, walkways) and roof cleaning service can offer you by enhancing the curb appeal of your house.
As a resident and property owner in Davidson County (Lexington) and Forsyth County (Kernersville), North Carolina, and also having grown up in Guilford County (Greensboro), North Carolina, I have a goal and a passion to help our community shine. Helping you reach your goal of selling your home through a professional and affordable exterior cleaning is one of the more satisfying services we offer at Hogwash Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning.
Call today for a free consultation and let's get that house sold!