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.
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.