New Year, New House? Here’s How to Prepare for the 2018 Market

The beginning of a new year is upon us and with a new year, comes a new start. We are firmly into the first month of 2018 and buyers and sellers alike are watching the market to see what will happen.

Tips for Sellers

1. Declutter and Organize

“After the holidays is a great time to clear out all the things you no longer need,” says Redfin Charleston agent Tammy Trenholm. “Decide what you want to keep and then pack and store anything you don’t immediately need at your new place. Be sure to organize your closets and pantries so they are tidy. This will help showcase your storage space.”

2. Paint Inside and Out

“First impressions mean everything. Make sure interior rooms are freshly painted with a neutral color,” said Trenholm. “The exterior should be power-washed and painted if needed; often the front door can use a fresh coat of paint or stain, too.”

3. Make Updates to Increase Your Home’s Value

You should talk to your agent about small changes you can make that might have a big impact on buyers, says Redfin Washington D.C. agent Chelsea Traylor. Updates like a kitchen backsplash or new hardware throughout the house can leave a lasting impression.

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