January 4, 2024

READY, SET, SELL! HOW TO HAVE YOUR HOME SALE READY FOR THE SPRING MARKET!

January 4, 2024

READY, SET, SELL! HOW TO HAVE YOUR HOME SALE READY FOR THE SPRING MARKET!

READY, SET, SELL! 

HOW TO HAVE YOUR HOME SALE READY FOR THE SPRING MARKET!


Spring into the selling season! With the buzz of Super Bowl Sunday fading on February 11th, now is the prime opportunity to prepare your LakeShore East condo for the upcoming market wave. By tackling the task one step at a time, you can minimize stress and streamline the process. Let Realtor Ginger Menne be your seasoned guide, leading you from your initial decision to the final list with ease and confidence.

Step One - Take Charge of Your Belongings

In the first week, categorize your items into three groups: essentials, items to pack away, and items to dispose of. Ginger guides you through this methodical approach, offering advice and accountability at every step. Consider renting a storage unit to keep your packed items safe, decluttering your condo and creating a more inviting space for potential buyers.  There are storage lockers available to rent in the pedway for $150 a month. 

Step Two - Clear the Clutter

For the next week, divide your home into seven sections, packing up and removing things you no longer require each day. Conscientious sorting and moving items to storage will leave your home with only the essentials by week's end. Ginger can provide a list of charities for donations and places to sell unwanted items, making this process a breeze.

Step Three - Repair and Refresh

Refurbish your condo by repairing any property issues and sprucing up the interiors with neutral colors. Ginger can provide local painter and handyman recommendations. It's essential to stage your home correctly, so potential buyers can envision themselves living there. Ginger can guide you through the process. As part of your team, she ensures your property looks its absolute best before hitting the market.

Step Four - FinalTouches

As you approach week four, it's time to schedule a comprehensive deep cleaning with professional services. This isn't just any ordinary clean-up, but an exhaustive scrubbing from top to bottom, encompassing flooring, grout, windows, window treatments, light fixtures, and far more. Every corner inside and out deserves attention, from ensuring all lightbulbs match in overhead lighting and lamps, to making every surface sparkle. Ginger has already coordinated with a photographer to come at the end of this week, so presenting a minimalistic and uncluttered space is key. Kitchen and bathroom countertops should be clear of any clutter to ensure the photos portray an inviting environment that potential buyers can easily imagine themselves in.
Launching Your Condo Listing

The moment you've been anticipating has finally arrived. Your condo is primed to make its debut on the market. With the return of your professionally captured photos, the online marketing components are complete. Ginger is poised to activate your listing on the MLS. Brochures are being printed, and "Just Listed" postcards have been dispatched, ready to stir up interest among neighbors and attract potential buyers.

As the listing goes live, you may not even recognize your own abode. It's exhilarating to browse your online listing and admire the stunning visuals that reflect all your hard work.

You're on the brink of receiving your initial showing requests. It's natural to be eager for the first wave of feedback or, even better, an offer. Open house plans might be on the horizon, setting the stage for a successful sale.

This week will buzz with activity as the word gets out, and neighbors might start inquiring about your reasons for moving. Amidst this flurry of excitement and anticipation, stay prepared for frequent check-ins from Ginger, who's always ready to address any of your questions or concerns.

Embrace the energy of this pivotal time—your journey has begun, and the next chapter is just around the corner.
By breaking down the process into detailed, manageable steps, selling your condo becomes less daunting and more controlled. Following these steps with Ginger's professional guidance will make your home show-ready, desirable, and primed for a faster sale. Remember, the process is flexible, so extend or contract timelines based on your own needs. Throughout the journey, prepare for unexpected twists and turns, but always remember that Ginger, at Baird & Warner, is with you every step of the way, making sure your condo attracts the attention and price it deserves this spring.

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Ginger Menne
737 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60611

ginger@gingermenne.com
Tel (312) 927-0852
Off (312) 216-5887
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