10 Things You Can Do to Prepare Your Home for the Spring Selling Season

Although the weather is still feeling quite chilly, spring will be here before we know it and with it will come the spring selling season.

If you’ve a mind to sell your home this year, the time is now to get it ready for the spring selling season.

Here are a few tips to help you ensure your home is ready to make an impact on this season’s market.

Prepare for Spring Buying Season

10 Things You Can Do to Prepare Your Home for the Spring Selling Season

Give your home a once over.

Make sure your systems, appliances, roof and other structures are in good working order. Everything should be maintained and working so that when a potential buyer comes along and does an inspection, you know it will pass without issue.

Spend some time on your landscaping.

We can’t stress enough the importance of curb appeal and one thing that is sure to stand out to potential buyers is a beautiful, well manicured yard. The spring selling season makes this easier because the natural environment around your home is ready to bloom. Plant some colorful flowers, trim back the shrubs, pull the weeds, and make sure your lawn looks healthy and neat.

Replace all your light bulbs.

When you live in the home, you may barely even notice the few light bulbs blown out here and there, but dark spots can really make your house look unkempt and dreary. Replace them, clean the fixtures, and let the light shine.

Clean your windows.

You want to let as much natural light in as possible and dirt covered windows make it hard. Be sure to check and replace ripped screens. Also, by removing the screens on the front of the house helps make the windows larger and brighter.

Throw on a coat of paint.

Clean, neutral colored walls will make your home more sellable.

Get rid of the clutter.

Some buyers can’t see past the clutter to the bare bones of the house to determine if it is a good fit for them. Clear out your rooms –rent a storage unit if you need to, to make your house as clean and organized as possible. If you have children, reduce the number of toys to half. You want the buyer to think you have a lot of space.

Air it out.

Winter weather means your home has probably been locked up tight for months. Open the windows and let some fresh air in.

Depersonalize it. Take the Home out of the House.

Take down family photos and mementos. Clear the magnets off your refrigerator. Pack away the kids’ artwork and the trophies. In addition to making your home as neutral as possible, you want the buyer to see themselves living there. By eliminating personal effects, the buyer can see their family living there.

Do a deep clean.

And think about hiring a professional to do it. You want to get everything as clean and as fresh as possible, so it makes sense to leave it to the professionals.

Consult with a seasoned Realtor.

If you’re thinking about selling, the single best thing you can do for yourself and your home is to find a seasoned Realtor who is familiar with the market you live in to work with you as soon as possible. Your Realtor can help you determine market related factors like timing and pricing, but they can also assist you by giving you advice and recommendations regarding things you should repair or upgrade, and other ways to present a beautiful, ready-to-sell home. Don’t choose just any Realtor! Check reviews on Zillow and take note of how many homes they have listed and sold. More importantly, go a little deeper and look to see how long their listings were on the market and how close to list price the homes sold for. Be sure to check out Troyce Gatewood. You will find Troyce Gatewood & Partners goes the extra mile for our clients by providing sellers with an expert stager, access to home repair specialists, and high level, creative marketing techniques to get your home sold quickly (usually within 13 days) at a price you want. Call today for a consultation so that we can get your home ready for the spring selling season.

How to Sell Your Home in 30 Days or Less

Is it possible to sell your home in 30 days?

At Troyce Gatewood & Partners we say that with the right knowledge, attitude, and hustle, anything is possible!

And, with a days on market average of just 13 days, we can back it up.

While there is no guaranteed formula to get you from for sale to under contract in under 30 days (home selling is partially market and property dependent), we are pretty certain that these tips can help make it a reality for you.

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How to Sell Your Home in 30 Days or Less

Stage It

According to the Real Estate Staging Association, listed professionally staged properties spend 73 percent less time on the market. They entice potential buyers to look at the home and help them visualize themselves living there. And, as an added bonus, they tend to yield a higher return as well. According to the National Association of Realtors, for every $100 invested in staging, the potential return is $400. Bottom line, your professionally staged home is likely to sell more quickly and at a higher price point than if you don’t stage it at all.

Price It Right

From the moment it hits the market, your home should be priced to sell. That doesn’t mean you have to short yourself, that means you should have a Realtor capable of doing a realistic market analysis who can help you price your home at the optimal selling price to get potential buyers in the door and eager to make an offer.

Have Excellent Curb Appeal

First impressions are super important. Whether you’re going on a first date or buying your first home, the things that stick out to you, from the moment you lay your eyes on someone or something, are things that are going to make a serious impression. Ensure your home makes a positive one on every potential buyer. From the moment they pull into your driveway, your home should be shouting, “LOOK AT ME! I’M BEAUTIFUL AND YOU WILL LOVE LIVING HERE!” So, add some color, clean off the cobwebs, clear away the gnarly bushes and get your home ready to shine!

Learn more here: Winter Curb Appeal

Make Sure It’s Clean

Your home should look and smell clean and fresh. Pet odors and cigarette smoke are major turnoffs so ensure those smells aren’t assaulting your potential buyers. Make sure you do a deep dive –buyers will open the cabinets and look inside so those need to be clean as well.

Hire an Expert Realtor

Every Realtor is not created equal. Work ethic, marketing, network, market knowledge, and more all play a roll in how quickly and easily your Realtor will be able to sell your home. Hire one that has it all and you’re bound to get to the closing desk in record time.

See how the Troyce Gatewood & Partners difference keeps our days on market average at just 13 days!

Call us today so we can get to work on the sale of your home: 301-379-9441

Guide to Winter Curb Appeal

Tips to Increase Winter Curb Appeal

Everyone in the process of selling a home has heard about the importance of curb appeal.

Like all first impressions, the first impression your home makes on a potential buyer is an important part of their overall decision making process.

But winter weather adds another layer to the mix. You can rely on your lush green grass and spring plantings to make your home look cheery, and poor weather can create other hurdles to keeping your home front clean and enticing to potential buyers.

If your home is on the market in the winter and you want to ensure your curb appeal stays high, here are some easy fixes you can do that won’t break the bank.

Tips to Increase Winter Curb Appeal

Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal: 5 Cheap and Easy Fixes for Winter

Keep the lights on.

After daylight savings time kicks in and the days get shorter, you will want to ensure that the outdoors of your property is remains well lit for showings. For safety reasons, if you’re not living at the home and able to turn the lights on each evening, think about installing a timer or solar powered lights to ensure your potential buyers aren’t left walking up to a dark home.

Shovel away that snow.

You want your walkways to remain safe and accessible even when the snow begins to fall. Make sure you keep them snow and ice free to reduce slips and falls.

Add some color.

Winter won’t allow for natural color from foliage so you may need to add in some of your own. Paint your door a bright color (it probably could use a touch up anyway!), add a pretty wreath and an inviting doormat, and think about adding some winter-friendly potted plants if possible.

Clean your windows.

It’s amazing the difference bright, clean windows can make to a home. Not only will it make your home look brighter and cleaner as people approach, inside will get more light as well.

Get your yard in order.

Just because the grass doesn’t need to be cut, doesn’t mean your yard isn’t in need of some maintenance in the winter. Rake away leaves left from fall, cut back overgrown trees and bushes to expose more of your facade, and haul away branches and other debris that rough weather can sweep into the area.

Planning to sell? Call Troyce Gatewood & Partners so we can help get your home ready for the market: 301-379-9441


How to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

Have you been considering the sale of your home? Have you ever wondered why some homes fly off the market while others seem to linger? Today I want to share with you my insider tips and the 3 things you should consider if you want to sell your home for top dollar!

 How to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

  1. Preparation for the market. You never get a second chance to make a great first impression and it’s absolutely critical that you enter the market putting your best foot forward.! This starts at the curb. What might a potential buyer see when they approach your home? Does it appear to be well-maintained? Is it well-lit and welcoming? And what about inside? Is it bright, warm, and exceptionally clean? Do the rooms reflect their intended use? Have clutter and unnecessary objects been packed away? I commit to advising my sellers fully and assist them by providing them with a comprehensive pre-listing checklist to make this process easier and less time consuming. I also have a solid team of amazing service professionals who will assist in getting the job done!
  2. Presentation to the market. How do we get the word out? It’s a multi-platform approach. It is essential that your home is expertly promoted and proactively shared not only with potential buyers but also with those who are in the position to inform and/or refer them. In addition to the tried and true methods, which include my signature open house system, direct mail, and print advertising, I also incorporate the best of digital and social media marketing to expand our reach globally. Your home should be featured everywhere online, and my sellers will find their home on hundreds of popular websites as well as on all major social networks, with promoted posts and targeted ads. You’ll appreciate the dazzling professional photography and video I provide, a standard of my practice!
  3. Pricing at the market. Without proper pricing, all efforts are wasted! I commit to providing you with a thorough, honest, and comprehensive analysis of current market conditions and the key economic indicators that may affect the value of your home. In addition to examining what has most recently sold, we will also review current levels of inventory, pending sales, buyer trends and mortgage rates, all of which have impact. I will never mislead you as to the value of your home. My experience has shown me that a well-priced home sells faster and ultimately nets the seller more!

Preparing Your Home for Sale: Do’s and Don’t from a Top Selling Realtor

Preparing your home to sell can be an exciting adventure.

It can also be downright exhausting!

When preparing your home to sell, here are just so many things that need to be done to ensure you get the best price for your most important investment. From finding a Realtor to upping its curb appeal, you will need to make smart choices if you want your home to sell quickly and at a desirable price.

At Troyce Gatewood and Partners, we are experts in helping sellers successfully sell their homes at the prices they desire. With an average on the market time of 14 days, you can rest assured that Troyce will pour herself into helping you sell your home quickly and easily.

Thinking of preparing your home to sell?

Here are some do’s and don’ts!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Preparing Your Home for Sell

DO understand the importance of curb appeal.

Like any first impression, you know you only get one chance to make a good one. Make sure your home’s first impression is a positive, memorable one that sits with potential buyers.

DON’T skirt over small details.

Make sure your porch lights and doorbell work, clean away the cobwebs, repaint your door so it freshens up the face of your home. These tiny details may seem inconsequential to you, but to a potential buyer they could mean the difference between your home and the one for sale up the street.

DO declutter.

Pack up everything you can live without and get it out of sight. Rent a storage unit if necessary to hold your belongings until you sell and can move.

DON’T leave personal items around.

Photos of your family and other knickknacks and mementos are cluttering and they also make it difficult for potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home. As precious as they are to you, be sure to tuck those items away while your home is on the market.

DO invest in a professional cleaning service.

And make it thorough so they can get all of the nooks and crannies you likely miss on your weekly cleans.

DON’T show your home messy.

It can be exhausting to keep your home showing ready at all times, but it’s imperative if you want to sell quickly.

DO service the systems in your home.

Call in professionals to service your heating and AC units. Check all of your smoke detectors and install new, tamper resistant, ones if possible. You want to make sure you home is ready for inspection.

DON’T think the inspector will miss things.

It’s unlikely that your trained inspector is going to overlook much in your home. It’s their job to find issues, so prepare yourself in advance by addressing as many of them as possible before the inspection time comes.

DO stage your home.

You want your buyers to be wowed when they enter and to feel like this home is the best home they’ve seen. That’s why Troyce works so hard to ensure the homes she sells are stylishly decorated. Potential buyers leave the home truly being able to imagine their lives inside of the home.

DON’T forget the importance of pricing it right.

Work with your Realtor to come up with a price that will make your house easier to sell. Your Realtor knows the local market and can guide you towards a price that will be the most beneficial for you. Overpricing your home is a sure way to make it rack up days on the market. You want to hit the sweet spot with your price and your Realtor can help make sure you do just that.

Looking for an award winning Realtor to help you sell your home? Troyce Gatewood, a ReMax hall of famer for reaching over 1 million in commissions, is the perfect choice to help you sell your home. Set up an appointment today!

Why List Your Home with Troyce Gatewood

Choosing a listing agent is an important decision in the process of selling your home.

This representative is going to be guiding one of the most important financial decisions you will ever make, so choosing a Realtor with experience and knowledge is imperative.

As a veteran Frederick Realtor with intimate knowledge of Frederick County, Troyce Gatewood is highly successful at selling homes quickly and easily to our clients’ satisfaction.

With an average on the market time of just 10 days and countless positive client testimonials to back our success, there’s no wonder we rock a 5-star rating on Zillow and have achieved ReMax Hall of Fame status for reaching 1Million in commissions.

If you’re looking for a Frederick Realtor to help you sell your home at the price you want, reach out to Troyce Gatewood & Partners today -we are more than happy to work with you!


Choosing the Right Realtor: How to Pick the Right Realtor for You and Your Home

Finding the right realtor to sell your home is one of the most important first steps you can take to ensure a quick, successful home sell.

Choose wrong and you could find yourself sobbing in the corner of your formal dining room while your home sits on the market for months. Choose right and you and your realtor can be skipping arm and arm to the bank!

But how exactly do you ensure the realtor you’re chatting with is the right one for you?

Here are some things to look for to make sure you don’t miss the mark when it comes to choosing the right realtor.

5 Things to Remember About Choosing the Right Realtor for You and Your Home

It’s not the time to help a newbie out.

Yes, they have to learn somewhere, but chances are you don’t want to be that guinea pig. You want to look for a realtor with some experience under his or her belt –preferably 5 years if possible. If you’re getting a good vibe from someone who has been in the game for less time, that’s fine –just be sure to ask them for a list of properties they have sold and a few references so that you can check out what they’ve done.

Look for a pro.

Look for someone who does real estate full time as their primary profession. You don’t want a weekend warrior in charge of selling your largest investment. You want a professional who is devoting the bulk of their time, energy, knowledge, and resources to the job of selling your home.

Go local.

You want a Realtor who is super knowledgeable about your community. They need to understand the market of your area, be familiar with the community and schools, understand neighborhood nuances and quirks that make it desirable to customers.

Check their rating on Zillow.

Zillow is a premier real estate listing site and earning a 5-star rating on the site is achieved by hard work and great selling success. Check your Realtor’s rating on Zillow before committing. Realtor’s like Troyce Gatewood receive top ratings from their happy clients.

Ask them for a game plan.

Your Realtor should have a game plan. If they don’t , they most likely haven’t listed and sold enough homes to know what it takes. You don’t want someone who puts a sign in the yard, publishes it on the MLS and waits for the phone to ring. They are the professional who should work with you to help you achieve you realistic and attainable  goals.

At the end of the day, it is your home and your money and you need to ensure that the person you hire is working for you to get the most out of the experience.

Looking for a seasoned realtor who knows the Frederick, Maryland area and is ready to work for you to help you sell your home as quickly and painlessly as possible? Call Toyce Gatewood: 301-379-9441