Springtime can seem a long way off in the middle of this cold winter, but surprisingly, now is your time to start planning for the busiest time of year in real estate. Call it wishful thinking, but Spring might not be as far away as it seems…hang in there just a few more weeks!
If you plan to put your home on the market this Spring, we recommend you following these tips to help sell your home faster and get more bang for your buck:
Spruce Up the Curb Appeal
You want to impress potential buyers as soon as they drive by your property. After a hard winter, make the extra effort to rake leaves, weed the garden, mow the lawn and clean the gutters. Put out your outdoor furniture and even consider hanging some colorful plants in front of your home. You can even consider power washing the walkways or outside of your home. Make your house look its best once the snow melts!
Try to see your home with a buyer’s critical eye. Identify any improvements that need to be made, such as peeling paint, damaged hardware, old carpeting or holes in the wall and tackle these projects over the coming weeks. This will give your home a facelift and you can do it without spending a fortune.
One of the most dreadful parts about preparing your home for the market is eliminating the clutter. Set aside anything you can sell, donate, or throw out. Buyers need to be able to envision themselves in a home, and it is very difficult to do with your personal belongings taking up space.
Buyers aim for a home that is light and bright. Be sure to replace any light bulbs that are burned out. Also, consider taking down any curtains that seem to be dust collectors. The sun will shine bright right through the windows!
This should go beyond the day-to-day or weekly clean. You can consider even bringing in a professional to help! Before you start showing your home, it is important to do a big clean of your entire home, from the outside in. Bad odors are a big turnoff, so clean and air out musty areas. Wash your windows, sweep out your garage, and most importantly, keep the indoors squeaky clean. A dirty home sends a message to buyers that the place has not been well cared for. Don’t send that message! You may want to consider purchasing some pleasantly scented candles prior to any open houses.
Each of these small improvements can help attract more buyers and add value! We know how much work is required to prepare your property for sale so if you prefer a stress-free experience, let our team of trusted experts handle the preparation work for you. No matter what your property’s needs may be, we are able to help. Contact us today @ 401-942-0200.