Selling This Spring? Get Ready Now!
Selling your home in spring means that you will be entering the busiest time to sell your home in the entire real estate calendar year. As the weather warms up, homebuyers hope to lock in their dream property before prices rise in the summer. However, it is important to keep in mind that while this is the time of the year with the highest amount of demand to buy homes, it is also the time with the strongest competition. So if you are looking to ensure your home is a cut above the rest, and gets sold quickly and above asking price, here is how to prepare your home for a spring sale.
Whether you’ve seen the new Netflix special by Marie Kondo or not, decluttering your home can significantly impact both your personal life and the likelihood of your home to be sold. Potential homebuyers like to envision themselves in the home they are viewing, and when personal knick-knacks are strewn about, it can be very difficult to do so.
The Entryway: This is the first thing that potential homebuyers will see and it will set the tone for how they view the rest of the home. So tuck away your coats, your umbrellas, and all of your shoes so that they can waltz in and begin to enjoy themselves!
Any Table Top / Counter Surface: If it’s not a decoration, get rid of anything on these surfaces. Nobody wants to see your medication or your tissue box lying around. And remember, less is more. Decorate, but don’t overwhelm.
An important tip for all around the house is to remove anything personal. Family portraits, sports trophies, your kid’s artwork. These are all lovely things that mean a lot to your family, but they will not help a potential homebuyer see it as their home, even if they do have families and children of their own. They will feel like they are intruding in someone else’s home and instead of viewing their new home.
Paint Your Home
A fresh coat of paint can work wonders on a home. While you may love bold and beautiful styles and colours, the average homebuyer may not. Stick to neutral colours so that the average buyer can paint the room the colour they wish in their mind.
Work On Your Curb Appeal
Just like the entryway is the first impression to a homebuyer of the interior of the house, the exterior of the home is the actual first impression a potential homebuyer will have when coming across your home for sale.
Winter will have turned your grass and autumn leaves into a mulchy mess. As soon as the weather allows, trim all the shrubs, weed the flower beds, and throw away any unsightly leaves and garbage in your yard. Planting flowers will add that special pop of colour that can make your home more inviting.
In the backyard, ensure that you have a clean set of patio furniture that was not left out over the winter. This can show what your backyard can offer to a potential homebuyer besides grass.
Do Your Own Home Inspection
Why wait to find out after an offer has come in that you have an electrical problem in your home? That could easily scare off a homebuyer from buying what would otherwise be a lovely home. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Get a reliable home inspector to have a look through your house and see if you can do any quick fixes that can ensure you get the best price for your home.
Spring is the sign of a fresh year and a fresh start. It is all about renewal and change. If you are looking for a fresh start by selling your home in spring and looking for your new dream home, why not have a chat with me? I can’t wait to see how I can help you in your new journey in life.