Spring is the optimum time to sell a home. Regardless of whether it’s a buyer’s market or a seller’s market, inventory almost always rises in the spring. Why? Because the largest number of buyers are actively searching for a new home during the months of April, May and June. To prepare for the Spring market, here are some tips to help you earn top dollar and get buyers competing for your home:
1) Pretend Your An Inspector
When you sell a home, you want it to be in great shape. Otherwise, a potential buyer won’t want to offer the highest price. If you have a feeling an inspector is going to find something wrong with your house, go ahead and get it fixed before it goes on the market. This will save you time and money in the long run. If you are unsure of what needs to be do, don’t worry just yet. You should call a local property inspector who can take a look at the foundation and other parts of the house. If you have trouble finding an inspector, contact us for advice on how to find the right professional.
2) Wash, Polish, Repeat
Sparkle is free, and sparkle sells homes. A potential buyer may not realize why your home seems so inviting but will feel drawn to it if the windows are spotless and your mirrors reflect sunlight. But don’t forget about the floor! Your hardwood floors should be refinished, if necessary. Make your ceramic and linoleum floors twinkle and shine. Bleach dull grout and thoroughly clean all area rugs.
3) Fall In Love With Your Yard
Clean out dead leaves and debris in your lawn. Don’t let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. Artfully manicured lawns are edged and tell buyers you pay attention to small details. Fun Fact: Diagonally mowed lawns make your yard appear larger.
If you power wash the sidewalk and parts of the house, you can improve its curb appeal and excite a potential buyer. Think about it: when a person walks up to a house that was recently cleaned, they will be much more interested. This is an inexpensive way to improve your house, since you can rent a power washer for about $50. I think it’s safe to say that is a good deal, no to mention the boys around the house might have some fun with such a strong tool.
4) Let Your Windows Sing
Send your window coverings to the dry cleaners or wash, dry and press. Toss blinds into a soapy bathtub for a quick wash. Get rid of all accumulated dust and spider webs. Crisp linens and a spring-time breeze through the windows invites the season inside. Give a little TLC to your windowsills, whether that is adding a fresh coat of paint or cleaning the seals.
5) Channel Your Inner Clean Freak
Of course, when people want to check out a place, they are likely to enjoy it more if it is clutter-free. If you want to get to get the highest possible offer for your house, you should de-clutter it and get rid of old possessions.
Think about it: If you visit model homes or open houses of homes that have been staged, you’ll never see a stack of unread magazines, children’s artwork loosely hanging on the refrigerator, or a cluster of unpaid bills on a table. While everyone has clutter, buyers want to see a fantasy version of your house, in which they can envision living.
Another idea: It may sound crazy to start packing months in advance of your move, but since you’ll eventually need to do this anyway, you might as well get organized now. We’re not suggesting you 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. Boxing up items will make your space look larger and neater when it’s time to show your home. You can also get an idea of whether you need to rent a storage facility while your home is on the market.
6) Let Colors Pop Through Accents
Even if it means replacing items, towels, linens, throws and sofa pillows are inexpensive accents you can buy. In soft spring colors, they will light up a room. Layer towels on bathroom towel racks and place rolled wash cloths on the counters in a fashionable pyramid. If you have a few walls in your home that feature dominant colors like orange or blue, consider repainting them a neutral color. Not only does this make rooms seem larger, it gives the appearance that room is new.
7) Add A Buffer Zone
No matter where you live, spring weather is often unpredictable. If it’s raining, give buyers a place to stash umbrellas and wipe their feet before entering your home. This not only is a thoughtful gesture for buyers, but keeps your clean house protected from mud and dirt.