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Tips for preparing your house for the market now

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January 21st, 2020
Seabrook Sales Counselor Dennise Baldwin says it’s possible to list your house by March if you start now and take advantage of Erickson Realty and Moving Services.

Seabrook Sales Counselor Dennise Baldwin says it’s possible to list your house by March if you start now and take advantage of Erickson Realty and Moving Services. 

If you’re thinking about selling your house and moving to a maintenance-free community like Seabrook, now’s the time to take action.

According to real estate experts, now through summer is the busiest time in the real estate industry. And it all has to do with the school calendar.

“It’s true that most people tend to move during summer months, whether they have children or not. Factoring in the time to market and settle on a property, many homes get listed between February and May,” says Dennise Baldwin, the sales counselor at Seabrook in Tinton Falls, N.J.

“We see many serious buyers in January and February, yet many sellers wait until spring to list. So, the earlier you list your house, the less competition you’ll face,” Baldwin adds. 

Is it already too late to get started? Not for those moving to Seabrook. The community offers complimentary assistance to get their houses ready for the market, including downsizing, selection of a real estate agent, and recommendations for trusted moving companies and other professionals. The program is formally called Erickson Realty and Moving Services. 

“Whether someone wants to move to Seabrook in two weeks or two years, we can help them get their house sold so they can start enjoying the Erickson lifestyle whenever they’re ready,” Baldwin says.

Tips for a successful sale and easy move

1. Schedule a visit with Seabrook's personal moving consultant to assess your house and see it with a buyer’s eye. She’ll help you identify problem areas that need to be repaired, like peeling paint, broken fixtures, and old carpeting.

She can also recommend trusted repair people to complete those projects.

2. Get organized. One of the program's specialties is helping clients decide what they’ll bring to their new Seabrook apartment homes and planning exactly where those items will fit using a magnetic floor plan and miniature furniture pieces.

By visualizing your new home, it’s easier to part with unnecessary items that you may choose to gift, donate, or sell. 

3. Brighten up. Winter is the perfect time to repaint the interior of your house with light, lively neutral colors. 

4. Wash windows and repair screens. You may not notice film or fingerprints on your windows, but buyers will. And cleaning them will bring more light into your home. To repair screens, simply take them to a local hardware store. 

Not up for washing windows? Seabrook staff can recommend a local window washer, too.

5. Revamp your entryway. Real estate professionals agree, one of the best ways to win over buyers is with a stunning entryway. 

It’s often an overlooked area of the home, because most homeowners enter their house from the garage or side door. But buyers will enter through the main entrance, so you have a grand opportunity to give a great first impression of your home’s interior. 

Spruce up your entryway with a cute coat hook, throw rug, bench, or console table depending on the size and layout of your space. 

6. Refresh décor with inexpensive updates. Textiles like pillows, throws, duvet covers, and towels in bright white bring a lively, spring freshness to your space for a low cost. 

7. Kick smells to the curb. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open windows to air out your home. Diffusing essential oils like lemongrass, citronella, and rosemary can refresh your home with a clean scent.

8. Tidy up your yard. February may not win any gardening awards, but you can still have the best-looking yard on the block. 

Make sure leaves are raked and sticks picked up. If there’s no snow on the ground, have fresh mulch laid. Choose dyed mulch so the color stays vibrant longer. Plant small evergreen shrubs in pots or urns to place at your front door. And make sure all gardening tools and yard waste are out of sight.

9. Lock up valuables, jewelry, and money. You will have potential buyers touring your house, so don’t leave anything tempting out. Use a safe or safe-deposit box at your bank to store valuables. 

10.  Set the right price. Your real estate agent can help you choose an appropriate list price, but advice from Seabrook's personal moving consultant can help you make an educated decision.

For example, research closed sales for homes comparable in style and size for the past 90 days within a one-mile radius of your house. Take an average and pinpoint your listing price.

You’ll also want to check out the current active homes on the market to get an idea of your competition and make sure your listing price is comparable. 

“Listen to your real estate agent’s advice. We recommend trusted agents familiar with your neighborhood, and we consistently see fewer days on market and higher sale prices than folks who do not use our services,” Baldwin says.

How do you gain access to Seabrook's personal moving consultant and trusted moving professionals? “Join the priority list so that we can schedule a home visit, look at floor plan options, and explore what works best for you,” Baldwin says. “We can also work on downsizing and meeting our extended team of trusted real estate agents and downsizers so that you will feel confident to move forward when you’re ready, whether that’s now or ten months from now.”

Seabrook currently has a very low inventory, so it’s important to explore your options and know what will work for your lifestyle and needs. That way, you’ll be ready to reserve when the right apartment home becomes available.