April 15, 2021
Sellers: 5 Tips For Getting Your Home Ready For The Spring Market
The spring selling season is among us and taking advantage of it is pertinent. Buyers are not only coming out of their shells from winter, yet from the past year stuck in a pandemic. Here are some important ways to help your home sell before Memorial Day weekend!
Buyers can quickly be turned off by a home if it is highly cluttered with the homeowner’s belongings. It not only makes it difficult to envision yourself in the space, but it will also make the process of moving that much more difficult. Some important areas to focus on when removing clutter include the entryway, surfaces, closets, and personal items. When decluttering your entryway, it is important that this area looks especially impressive. This is often the first area of the home that buyers will see and sets the tone for the rest of the tour. Secondly, clean surfaces can help make space look larger and more appealing. Thirdly, ensure that closets are not bursting when buyers are touring your home. It can be an important selling factor to see the space that a closet can offer, and if it is overly packed this can be a hard sale to make. A general rule of thumb when selling a home is to remove all personalization. Personal artifacts, photos, and toiletries should be removed. You want your potential buyers to envision themselves in the space in order to purchase the home. This can be difficult when family artifacts are littered everywhere.
The wonderful news is that when decluttering you have the opportunity to make a profit from the sale of items. The internet has become a viable resource when selling personal items. Platforms such as Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and eBay are great options for getting items off of your hands. Garage sales & donating items are also great options when decluttering.
Rid of Personal Items
As mentioned above creating a space where buyers can envision themselves in your home is imperative. This comes down to the furnishings, decorations, and overall feeling of the home. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by removing personalization. Firstly, it is important to remove all personal items from bathrooms and place them where they cannot be seen. Having a clean space is important for all showings. Secondly, in regard to decor ensure that items are neutral and do not show personal interests. Family photos and emblems should also be removed to maximize visualization for potential buyers. Thirdly, in regard to cosmetic changes, you want your space to feel warm and welcoming to those touring your home. You can accomplish this by repainting walls to more neutral colors and ridding of any outrageous colors or items.
Winter weather can do a number on the landscaping of our yards and with the spring selling season ahead, it’s time to take care of the damage. Firstly, clean the yard of any debris and leaves so that the lawn can grow back nicely. Trimming shrubs and planting flowers are excellent ways to boost curb appeal for your home. Having a pleasant curb appeal is extremely important as it is the first view of the home potential buyers see. These first few aspects of the home they view truly set the tone for the rest of the home. Building upon this, ensuring that your front entryway is clean and clear should be on your curb appeal checklist. Having flowers leading up to the entryway can be a beautiful accent to add to the home. Additionally, repainting any areas that have paint chipping should be done prior to showings.
When selling your home, it is an obvious goal to all homeowners that you aim for the home to sell at the highest price possible. One negotiation tactic to ensure that this happens is through conducting your own pre-inspection repairs. Ensure that all of the recommendations of the inspector are taken care of prior to the buyer hiring their own inspector. Through this, you are in a much better position to maintain a higher listing price if your home is well maintained. Some key areas to have your inspector review include electrical, plumbing, HVAC, foundation support, basements, roof, appliances, etc.
Open your home up
Spring is in the air! Allow it to take over your home with its fresh air and sunshine. Winter is a long and brutal three months of being locked inside and our homes can become stuffy. Opening windows to allow this light to come into your home is one of the easiest changes that you can make to create a light and airy space. The psychology behind having natural light streaming into your home makes buyers believe that space looks larger than in actuality. If this is not possible due to location or weather conditions having adequate lighting in darker spaces can be an excellent tool. Additionally, using air fresheners to help your home smell airy and fresh can greatly assist in creating a positive aura.
In conclusion, it is pertinent to remember that buyers purchase based upon emotion. Recreating your space to help them envision themselves living there or creating a positive aura can make all the difference when selling your home in the spring market. When looking to sell your home in the spring market having the right realtor that can assist you in these changes and advise you throughout the process is imperative.