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Get ahead of the spring real estate market

Putting your house on the market between now and February means less competition, more buyers

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January 16th, 2015
Cedar Crest Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor
Cedar Crest Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor

Simple economics give us the rule of supply and demand. The same is true when it comes to the real estate market. So get ahead of the spring real estate market by putting your house on the market in February. To help you get ready, Crest Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor offers this advice:

Q: Is there a definite spring market anymore, or is any time a good time to put your house on the market? 

Connor: In this area, the spring market begins after the first of the year and lasts through the end of May. Buyers like to have completed the purchase of their home by mid June so that they can begin the vacation season once the kids are out of school.  

Q: If we have another bad winter, when do you expect the market to pick up, and when should people aim to have their house ready for the market?

Connor: People should aim to have their house on the market by the middle to end of February, when buyers are out and the market is still not as saturated as the end of March and April—less competition and lots of buyers.

Q: It’s cold and nasty outside in January. What can people do inside to get their house shipshape to hit the real estate market? 

Connor: January is a great time to get ready. Meet with your personal moving consultant and create your timeline. Buy your supplies, trash bags, boxes, tape, labels, and stickers so that you have everything you need. 

Call donation sites and schedule pickups to put on the calendar. Then work toward these dates. Schedule two-hour increments of sorting through belongings so that you are not overtired. Turn on some music and make it a pleasant experience. Begin in a room less used, such as your guest room, and tackle the closet and dresser drawers. Then move on to all closets, one at a time. Save the master bedroom closet for last.  

By now, you should be feeling pretty productive and can move into the kitchen and work on the cabinets. Your timeline will keep you on track. If you have an attic or basement, these can be scheduled next, one at a time.

You may need family members to assist or ask your personal moving consultant for a referral to a professional downsizer. 

Q: What services do you provide to make this easier?

Connor: At Cedar Crest, as the personal moving consultant, I will help create a timeline for the homeowner to follow and provide downsizing assistance to get the wheels turning. We recommend trusted real estate agents who have had success in your area as well as moving companies. We also provide a list of contact information for donation sites, professional downsizers, and tag and estate sale organizations.

Q: What can you tell people who are having a hard time parting with certain belongings to make it easier? 

Connor: Invite family members for a holiday party and encourage them to select items for themselves. This way, items can stay in the family, and you feel good. 

For anything left over, ask yourself these three questions: Do I love it? Do I need it? Can I live without it? Let your answers guide your decision.

For treasures that you turn loose, take pictures for memories to put in an album or frame. 

Moving and putting your house on the market is a process, but it’s a doable one with the right resources and support. For more information about moving services, contact the Cedar Crest sales office at 1-800-541-6231.



The 3 Ps

Get your house on the market in just two months

Some houses may not take that much preparation to get onto the market.  A house does not have to be completely downsized to market, but the rooms need to be decluttered, depersonalized, and freshened up so that they shine. Your personal moving consultant will customize a timeline according to your needs and wants.

January 15 – 31: Plan

• Meet with the personal moving consultant to get recommendations for a real estate agent and professional downsizer.

• Meet with the real estate agent for a market analysis and consultation.

• Meet with a professional downsizer for a consultation.

February 1 – 28: Prepare

• Assess your house with the personal moving consultant and real estate agent for their suggestions on home preparation.

• Hire vendors to complete suggested tasks. 

February 15 – March 1: Put your house on the market!

• List your home.

• Keep it tidy for showings and open houses.