Spring is the peak season to sell a home. Whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market, inventory almost always rises in the spring. Want to know why? It’s because the largest number of buyers are actively searching for a new home during the months of April, May and June. So here are some tips to prepare for the Spring market to help you get buyers competing for your home:
Pretend You’re an Inspector
Best Seller Home = Great Shape. Who wouldn’t want to offer a good price to a great home right? At this point, you’ll get the feeling that, “What if the inspector finds something wrong with my home?” You can go ahead and get it fixed before it goes on the market. This will save you time and money in the long run. You can also call a local property inspector who can take a look at the foundation and other parts of the house if you are unsure of what needs to be done. But if you have trouble in finding an inspector, contact your Realtor® for an advice and to find the right professional for the job.
Wash, Polish, Repeat
Let your home sparkle. This will help sell your home in the quickest time with a good price. A potential buyer may not realize why your home seems so inviting. Make the windows as spotless as you can and let your mirrors reflect the sunlight. If you have hardwood flooring, it should be refinished if necessary. As for ceramic and linoleum floors, make it twinkle and shine. With the rugs, make sure you bleach those dull grout and thoroughly clean all areas.
Fall in Love with Your Yard
Clean out dead leaves and debris in your lawn. Clear overgrown vegetation that block the windows or path to the entrance. Cut bushes and tree limbs that hinder the sunlight to shine in your home and showcase the exterior of your home. Pay attention to small details. Want to make your lawn appear larger? Mown it diagonally.
To improve the curb appeal and excite a potential home buyer, power wash the sidewalk and parts of the house. When a person walks up to a house that was recently cleaned, they will be much more interested. You can rent a power washer for about $50 which is a very inexpensive way to improve your house. It’s a good deal, not to mention the boys around the house might have some fun with using one.
Let Your Windows Sing
Send those window coverings to the dry cleaners or wash, dry and press. Toss those blinds into a soapy bathtub for a quick wash. Clear all accumulated dust and spider webs. Having crisp linens and a spring-time breeze through the windows invites the season inside the home. Add a fresh coat of paint or clean the seals to take care of the windowsills.
Channel Your Inner Clean Freak
Declutter. When people want to check out a place, they are likely to enjoy it more if it is clutter-free. Get rid of those old possessions. No one wants to see a stack of unread magazines, children’s artwork loosely hanging on the refrigerator, or a cluster of unpaid bills on a table during an open house. Potential buyers want to see a fantasy version of your house, so that they can imagine how is it living there.
You can also start to pack months in advance before your move, get it organized now. It’s not that you should pack up your kitchen and eat off paper plates, but you can sort through your storage closets, attic, basement or garage to determine what you want to keep, what to give away and what to sell. Putting out those items in a box will make your space look larger and neater when it’s time to show your home. You can also rent a storage facility while your home is on the market if there are too many things to be kept while your home is on the market.
Let Colors Pop Through Accents
Soft spring colors will light up a room. Replace items, towels, linens, throws and sofa pillows. Layer towels on bathroom towel racks and place rolled wash cloths on the counter in a fashionable pyramid. Consider painting your walls with a neutral color, as this will make rooms seem larger and it gives the appearance that the room is new.
Add a Buffer Zone
Spring weather is often unpredictable wherever you are. Like for example in Texas, you know it can be 72 degrees one day and snowing the next. It’s a good idea to have a place where buyers can stash umbrellas and wipe their feet before entering your home. It’s not just a thoughtful gesture for buyers, but this can keep your house clean and protected from mud and dirt.
Hire a Marketing Maniac
Technology plays an important part in everybody’s lives right now, so the majority of buyers start their home search online. Best thing to do is to hire a Realtor® who will make sure that your home is showcased across the internet, utilizing paid advertisements, blog post and more.
Source: Realtytimes.com, soundviewinspect.com, mrhardwoodinc.com, hardwoodmechanic.com, goodhousekeeping.com, wikihow.com, osgoodeproperties.com
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