MILLBURN, NJ - Are you considering selling your home during this year’s “Spring Market”?  Winter might not be the best time to take photos of the exterior of your home, but there’s still a lot that you can do to start preparing your home for the “Spring Market” that’s expected to start in February / March 2019.

In Millburn Township, 2018’s “Spring Market” started ramping with strong buyer interest by February, so if you’re considering listing your home in 2019, it’s time to begin considering things you can do now to be prepared to list your home between February and May to ensure closing by the end of summer.  

A majority of buyers in our township closed their purchase between May and August in 2018 - a trend likely to continue.  With this in mind, if you’re planning on listing your home in the first or second quarter of 2019, there are plenty of things you can do to help ensure you are prepared to place your home on the market at a time that is optimal for your needs as well as prospective buyers.  

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Declutter!! This advice appears to be so obvious, but it’s often the most challenging. When the next potential owner of your home is walking through it, personal and additional items are a distraction that do not provide encouragement for purchase.  Cluttered rooms in marketing photos are particularly distracting.

Depersonalize.  On that same vein, be ready to depersonalize your home, so that potential buyers viewing your home can envision themselves living there rather than the treasured memories that you bring to the home.  It’s sometimes difficult to let your fantastic memories and personal decorating preferences go, but it really does benefit you to let each potential buyer have more of a “clean slate” to envision how they would live in your home.  This means that family photos, trophies, souvenirs, etc., should be stored, when it’s time to open it up for buyers.

Neutralize.  Continuing on the theme of ensuring that each potential buyer can envision themselves in your home, it’s ideal to have more neutral colors prominent whenever possible. Freshly painting the interior in light hues and polishing floors to enhance your home is also very beneficial.

Each home is unique, so speak with a trusted real estate agent about other aspects to consider when preparing your home.  Interview agents now to determine who is the right fit to market your home.

Simon and John Westfall-Kwong have lived in Millburn Township for over a decade with their two daughters.  Family, civic engagement and helping their clients with their real estate needs are all extremely important values to them.  In 2018, The Simon Westfall-Kwong Real Estate Group of Keller Williams sold over 20 homes in Millburn-Short Hills. The team has closed in over 25 New Jersey towns during the past 2 years.