Prep for Spring Buyers during the Winter Months!

In Greenwood and Indianapolis (and, well, all of Central Indiana), winter can be down-right gloomy. Looking forward to Spring seems to be what keeps everyone going!

This article by Mark Nash is all about using the mid-winter months, when contractors are looking for work, to do minor remodeling/renovations to your home to prepare it for sale in the Spring (realestate's busiest time)! Even if you're not currently in the  market to sell your home, you may still want to take a look at the suggestions and keep them in mind whenever you do decide that it's time to move!

And, of course, we would be MORE than happy to help you out with suggestions and friendly advice should you have questions!

Enjoy the article... and stay warm!

                                         ~ Steve and Tonda


Use winter months to prepare your home for spring buyers.

Posted by Mark Nash - February 25, 2011 - Real Estate, Tips For Sellers - No Comments

To do it right, home-owners can utilize the quiet mid-winter months to do their decorating and marketing homework for today’s home buyers. The dated wallpaper and faded parquet floors say more about the way you’ve kept house and possibly the way you have maintained your home to prospective buyers than you realize. It might also lower the bottom line on the sale of your home. The best way to shorten the time your home is on market and possibly bring the highest price is take the time during the winter months to make a plan of action and put it into motion, so when the robins sing you can place a “sold” sign in your yard.

-Host a pre-market open house. Invite friends, family and three full time real estate agents to an early Sunday afternoon “get to know” your home open house. Prepare some hot chocolate, coffee and homemade sweets to serve your invitation-only guests. People love a sneak preview and it will help get the word out that you’ll be selling your home in spring market. Ask for feedback from all guests and be ready for what you’ll hear, the good and the bad.

-Start a file on the sale of your home. Have a to-do list of repairs, updates and streamlining with a timeline to complete before your home goes on market. Gather references for contractors if you need to hire work done. Mid-winter months are typically slow for the building trades and a good time to schedule repairs.

-Establish a must-do list of items that have to be completed before you go on market. These can include cleaning or installing new carpeting, refinishing hardwood floors or eliminating dated and worn wallpaper. New kitchen appliances can do wonders for otherwise tired kitchens, and buyers love new stainless steel look.

-Don’t forget to have all the inside and outside surfaces of your windows cleaned. This often over-looked and laborious job can be hired-out and should be done within a week of placing your home on market.

-Take all left-over holiday decorations down, organize and donate any you haven’t used in years.

-If a room requires a freshing-up with new paint, trend colors might be right for you, but neutral warm colors are favored by the majority of homebuyers.



Mark Nash is a real-estate broker, columnist, and author out of Chicago. His blog 1001realestatetips.com is an excellent resource for short articles on all things real-estate! We have found several articles of his that are particularly relevant to the Central Indiana (Indianapolis and Greenwood) real-estate market! We plan to share these articles with you when they are most relevant throughout the year.





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Comment balloon 4 commentsTonda & Steve Hoagland • February 14 2013 06:03AM


Tonda and Steve,

Yes those winter months can be used to great advantage by spring sellers for getting their home ready for market in late winter/early spring.  Great article for consumers!

We are just up I-65 here in Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Purdue University if you need any help with clients relocating up to the Greater Lafayette area.

Posted by Sharon & Bruce Walter, West Lafayette homes for sale (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN) almost 8 years ago

Sharon and Bruce,

Have a great spring!  Are you going to Family Reunion? 

We'll definitely keep you in mind for Lafayette clients.  We have one every now and then.  We would be thrilled to help anyone you have on the south side of Indy too!

Posted by Tonda & Steve Hoagland, Real Estate - Greenwood Homes for Sale - Central I (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Tonda and Steve,

We are not going to make it this year to Family Reunion as we have been so busy!!!  We will sure keep you in mind for the South side of Indy.  Sharon and I do all our own business so we take very good care of our clients and give them incredible personalized attention! 

Stay in touch!  There are so few active people here in Indiana with Active Rain so it is great to meet someone new in the Rain from around Indiana!

Posted by Sharon & Bruce Walter, West Lafayette homes for sale (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN) almost 8 years ago

Great information. Thank you for sharing and have a successful day!

Posted by Paula McDaniel, Voted Best of the Best Chattanooga Realtor 9 Years (The Paula McDaniel Group with Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC) almost 8 years ago

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