The spring season is one of the most hectic times to sell or buy a home. As the weather begins to warm up families start looking for a place to settle before school starts in the fall. While sellers are also looking to make a hefty profit based on the latest marketing trends.
If you’re planning on selling a home in spring, it’s important to prepare beforehand if you want to stay ahead of the competition and appeal to buyers before the season comes to a close. The following are some of the most effective ways to stand out and sell your property during this competitive season.
1. Keep the Home Consistently Clear of Clutter
If your home looks lived-in, that’s one thing, but it’s wholly unappealing if the home is too cluttered with belongings or is a disorganized mess in general.
The first step to take toward decluttering the home is to start with the entryway, removing any coats, shoes, umbrellas, or other belongings from this area. You can then move to cabinets, nightstands, closets, and pantries, removing any items that aren’t decorative and storing them elsewhere. Next, you’ll want to clean up your kitchen and bedrooms, keeping everything on your counters clean and orderly, while all beds should be made and clothes put away.
Also, try to minimize any loose furniture or electronic equipment, concealing cords, or removing any furniture that makes the room feel smaller, which will help make each room appear more open. Anything that over-personalizes the home such as personal photos or toys in the family room should also remain hidden from view.
2. Keep the Home’s Exterior Clean
In addition to cleaning and decluttering the home’s interior, you need to make sure the home looks just as good on the outside. The exterior of the home will be the very first part that the prospective buyer sees, so it’s important to make sure it’s worth showcasing.
Cleaning the exterior may entail clearing the yard of any branches, unkempt shrubs, weeds, leaves, or even garbage in some cases. You may also want to consider planting a garden to increase the exterior’s overall appeal as those spring showers begin to fall.
Porches and patios should also get some attention. If you can make it look as though your porches and patios are great places to sit when it’s nice outside, with some decorative plants or other decor added for flair, this will enhance your home’s superficial appeal.
3. Avoid Too Much Personalization
When staging the home to prepare it for selling, try to keep the home from feeling too personalized and uniquely yours. Prospective buyers should feel like the home is inviting them to make it their own, and a personalized feel can detract from that feeling.
While you don’t need to get rid of all of your personal items or stuff them in storage, maintain a balance between neutral and welcoming, which could entail packing or otherwise hiding items such as:
- Family photos
- Trophies or other sports memorabilia
- Personal items such as deodorant and razors
In addition to keeping certain personal items from view, you may need to repaint the walls with a more neutral color and either remove or replace older wall coverings to keep them updated.
4. Keep the Home Bright and Open
As the warm weather approaches, try to open up the home as much as possible. Your home will be much more inviting if you let in plenty of fresh air and natural daylight that keeps your rooms from becoming too stuffy. You can easily achieve this by opening windows and pulling back any dark shades. If you need any additional lighting, you can also install more lamps in areas that can benefit from more illumination.
5. Get Any Necessary Repairs
Prior to putting your house on the market, it’s necessary to make sure the home is in good condition by getting any vital repairs. Potential buyers often send inspectors to assess the condition of the home, which could result in depreciated value if the inspector identifies issues that require addressing.
Some items that may demand your attention could include:
- HVAC systems
- Electrical equipment and wiring
- Mildew or mold buildup
- Damp areas in the basement
- Damaged chimneys
- Foundation and other structural elements
- Equipment such as smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
Once you’ve adequately prepared the home to sell in the spring, you’ll be able to attract more buyers and potentially increase the home’s overall value. You’re likely to find that the spring season is one of the best times of the year to sell your home if you know how to approach the selling process.
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