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Seller’s market

How to stand out amidst the competition

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June 28th, 2016

There’s good news this spring for people aiming to sell their house and move to maintenance-free living at Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa.

Colleen Rosica says that has forecast 2016 to be a seller’s market.

As the personal moving consultant at Ann’s Choice, Rosica has simplified the moving process for hundreds of people, and she’s dispensed tons of advice about how best to prepare a house for sale.

More houses are listed in April, May, and June than any other time. “But,” says Rosica, it’s important to remember that while spring brings more prospective buyers, it also brings increased competition from other sellers.”

To be successful, sellers must make their house stand out. The following tips from Rosica will help you do that.

Tips for the exterior

“Make your property as inviting as possible to avoid discouraging buyers before they even walk through the door,” says Rosica. 

Trim bushes and trees. Clear and manicure your walkways. Power-wash siding, touch up trim, and perhaps paint your front door. 

Add a pot of brightly colored flowers or a decorative wreath to add color to your front porch. 

Tips for the interior

On the inside, the absolute must-dos include decluttering, depersonalizing, and minimizing. 

“You’re selling space, not your furnishings,” says Rosica. 

Make each room and closet more spacious by boxing up what you’ll take to Ann’s Choice and selling or donating the clothing, books, knickknacks, and furniture you’ll leave behind.

Clear tabletops, cabinet tops, and countertops, and remove family photos. 

Take down heavy draperies or curtains and open blinds to let in the light—the more natural light the better.

Unclutter the garage to show how many cars can be parked there and store the boxes you’ve packed to take to Ann’s Choice along the garage’s exterior walls. 

Declutter your basement as well.

Make needed repairs, such as leaking faucets, now. They’ll likely cost less than the amount a buyer might request to do them.

Finally, clean, clean, clean. Wash windows and light fixtures until they sparkle. “Your house needn’t have every upgrade,” Rosica says, “but it must be neat and clean.” It tells buyers they’re touring a well-cared-for home.

Support with every step

Should these house-preparation tasks seem overwhelming, put your mind at ease. 

Erickson Realty and Moving Services is a special program for people planning to move to an Erickson Living community that offers complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and the selection of a real estate professional who will right-price your home and who has the technical savvy to present it at its best across multiple websites.

As part of Erickson Realty and Moving Services, Rosica’s help is available to all Erickson Living priority list members, regardless of where they are in the moving process (read more about Erickson Realty and Moving Services on page 7).

Her assistance also includes referrals to her network of preferred moving partners and her personal guidance and oversight through every step of the moving process.

And the icing on the cake? Ann’s Choice’s Move On Us program reimburses up to $2,000 in moving costs for people moving to this popular community.