As difficult as it is to believe, Spring is just a few weeks away. For some, it is a welcome relief from the long winter. For others, it is time to open the pool and get ready for summer. For potential sellers, it is prime season to find a buyer for their property.
It is no secret that the Spring market is synonymous for home sales. The change in weather brings buyers who waited all winter out of their homes and into the market. As a seller, you need to be ready for the flood of buyers by making sure your home shows in the best possible light. In markets with excessive inventory it is imperative your home stands out from the crowd. Here are four tips for getting your property ready to sell in the busy Spring selling season.
Spring cleaning. Without even realizing it, your home takes a beating over the winter. Your furnace is constantly running, your floors get beat up and your walls get marked. If you are considering listing your home the first thing you need to do is a good spring cleaning. It is a good idea to enlist the services of a professional cleaning company. They will get all the areas you may overlook like the windows, ceiling fans and floorboards. Next, you should get rid of any lingering winter décor and put it in storage. Buyers want to think about spring and summer and not the long winter they were just through. Finally, you should give your appliances, furnace, oil tank and HVAC a freshen up. Something as small as changing a filter or getting rid of a noisy refrigerator can change the way a buyer thinks about your property.
Minor updates. It is amazing what influences buyers. There are the obvious biggies like updates in the kitchen and bathroom, but they are not the only items buyers look for. There are also a handful of seemingly minor updates that can have just as big of an impact. When is the last time you thought about your welcome mat? If it is old and beat up, this is one of the first impressions buyers have of your property. A new $20 mat can set the tone for the rest of the showing. The same is the case with the shower curtain, blinds and hand towels in the bathroom. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars redoing your property, but you should focus on everyday updates buyers will notice.
Exterior clean up. If you live in an area impacted by winter weather the last thing on your mind is how the yard looks. You probably have had snow on the ground for months and the yard is full of clutter. As the yard melts and the weather warms up, you can’t dismiss the exterior. You need to spend as much time on the exterior as you do the inside of your home. Get rid of any winter items, shovels, etc. and put them somewhere out of eyesight. Next, walk the yard and note what stands out about the bushes, trees and general landscaping. Even if you think it is too early for landscaping, it is better to be a little early rather than late. You don’t need to plant new flowers quite yet, but you do need to make sure the exterior is a positive rather than a detriment.
Lights/colors. There is no question that after a while winter becomes gloomy. The sun sets earlier, and days are shorter. As the weather warms you need to play into the change of season. Get as much natural light into the home as you can. Go through every light source in the house and make sure you have enough wattage to attract attention. Change your home décor to bright, lively spring colors. Look to see if you need a fresh coat of paint in the main areas of the kitchen, living room and hallway. The brighter and fresh the home is the more inviting it will be to buyers.
Spring will be here before we know it. If you are considering listing your home, you should start making a plan of attack today.