Ten keys to listing your house now

Why utilizing professional help makes all the difference

Created date

January 30th, 2020
An older couple shakes hands with a real estate agent to celebrate the sale of their home.

If you're looking for help selling your home quickly and easily, consider making an appointment with Lantern Hill's Personal Moving Consultant Alli Krug.

If you’re thinking about selling your house and moving to a maintenance-free community like Lantern Hill, 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.

“Summer is the most popular time for people to want to schedule their move, whether they have children or not. When you consider the time it takes to market your house and settle on a property, many homes get listed sometime between February and May,” says Alli Krug, personal moving consultant at the Erickson Living-managed community in New Providence, N.J.

“Serious buyers start looking in January and February, but we still see that many sellers wait until spring to list. So the earlier you list your house, the less competition you’ll face,” Krug adds. 

Is it already too late to get started? Not for those moving to Lantern Hill. Erickson Realty and Moving Services offers complimentary assistance to get your house ready for the market, including downsizing, selection of a real estate agent, and recommendations for trusted moving companies and other professionals. 

“Whether you want to move to Lantern Hill in a couple weeks, a couple months, or a couple years, we can help you sell your house so you can start enjoying the Erickson lifestyle whenever you’re ready,” she says.

Tips for a successful sale and easy move

1. Schedule a visit with Personal Moving Consultant Alli Krug 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 repairpeople to complete those projects.

2. Get organized. One of Krug’s specialties is helping her clients decide what they’ll bring to their new Lantern Hill apartment home and planning exactly where those items will fit using her 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 finger prints 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? Krug 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 an often-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 and March 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 Krug’s advice can help you make an educated decision:

“Keep in mind that value is what someone else is willing to pay, not necessarily what the seller thinks it’s worth,” she says. “It can be a harsh reality, but it helps to think more realistically about the asking price.”