Are you ready to sell your Palm Beach, FL area home this spring? The timing couldn’t be better! Home prices are predicted to accelerate again, and have already posted a month-over-month increase for the first time since August. Also, mortgage rates have begun to increase, so if you’re looking to move up to a bigger or better Palm Beach home, the sooner you do, the more money you’ll save!

However, this spring, competition among other Palm Beach home sellers is expected to increase as well. A lot of sellers come out of hibernation in the spring and summer! To help you gain an edge over other home sellers, as your Palm Beach real estate agent, I’ve summed up some tips here that U.S. News and World Report recently shared.

Here’s how to stand out from your competition and gain an edge in the Palm Beach real estate market this spring:

1.  Declutter. Before you do anything else, it makes sense to first remove all the clutter you can from you Palm Beach home. This means cleaning out your closets, cabinets, drawers, storage areas, garage and every room of your home. Potential Palm Beach homebuyers look everywhere! If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing or pair of shoes in the last six months, donate it. If you haven’t used a kitchen appliance within the last month, give it to someone who will. Host a yard sale and sell as much as you can, or sell items online. Donate or recycle the rest. Toss what is left. The less clutter you have, the more spacious and move-in-ready your home will appear. And it’s less you have to move after you sell!

2.  Spring clean. You don’t actually have to wait until spring officially begins to spring clean your home. Since we enjoy warm weather year-round here in the Palm Beach area, any time of year is a great time to clean your home! When selling, you want to deep clean every nook and cranny. Clean all the windows and window treatments. Give your walls a fresh coat of paint, to hide any scratches or stains, or just to brighten up the atmosphere. Clean the grout in your ceramic tile. Power wash your siding. Get carpeting professionally cleaned. Change your furnace filter. Tidy up your landscaping. Trim bushes and trees. Mow the lawn. Add some bright colors to your front entryway. Clean the address numbers and mailbox, and replace if needed.

3.  Accessorize. Once you declutter and clean your home, you want it to look like a model home. This means removing any personal photos or nostalgic items that other Palm Beach homebuyers might consider “out there.” Neutral colors and décor is the way to go, such as you would find in a hotel room or a new model home. However, one way to stand out is to accessorize and to use a color theme. Choose one bold color to accessorize with throughout one room, or throughout an open floor plan, such as coral, or royal blue, or even black and white. This could be throw pillows, curtains, flower vases, a throw rug, artwork, a bedspread and more.

For more tips, check out the U.S. News article. When ready to sell your Palm Beach home this spring, or sooner, contact me, your Palm Beach real estate agent! I am here to help you as soon as you’re ready!

Mary Hester
Real Estate Landings, LLC

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