We’re officially approaching the spring selling season, which is historically one of the peak times for real estate activity for the year. We did a recent blog post about tips to get a jumpstart on putting your house on the market (see it here: https://thedurangoteam.com/spring-selling-tips-get-a-jumpstart-now/), but now it’s time to get the rest of the house ready. Spring snow starts melting fast, and we will see an uptick in activity. Here are some additional tips to help get your house in optimal shape for the spring selling market.
De-Clutter: We talk about this often, but it’s so important for an overall look of a house. If a potential buyer walks into a home and it’s full of too much stuff, it makes a home look smaller and darker. Also, if it’s full of personal items, such as photos, religious paraphernalia, or political items, it can create a difficulty for a buyer to be objective. While de-cluttering, now is the time to deep clean. We suggest cleaning windows, baseboards, blinds, appliances, etc. You want the house to sparkle. If a home is clean and de-cluttered, it looks larger and cleaner, and lets the potential buyer consider themselves in a home, instead of seeing it as your home.
Staging: After you de-clutter, you’ll want to consider home staging. Remove some of the furniture to allow more space, add light, and utilize bright and color-coordinated pieces to help decorate the space in common areas. For the kitchen, remove all items on the countertops except one or two pieces, utilize only one set of glassware, and remove nonmatching pieces. Empty and remove trash cans. Bedrooms should be gender-neutral, and closets should be emptied to only contain the current season’s clothing. Use one style of hanger to create a uniform look. This link is a fantastic resource for all rooms in your home: https://www.houselogic.com/sell/preparing-your-home-to-sell/home-staging-checklist/.
Landscaping/Curb Appeal: The outside of the house is a significant factor for home buyers. As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. For home shoppers, the first impression is the curb appeal. Now is the time to start landscaping. Plant bright flowers, trim overgrown trees, ensure your grass is ready for spring growth, power wash the exterior of the home, and even consider painting your front door for a pop of color. Oftentimes new mulch adds a fresh, crisp look for the exterior.
These are a few of the basic tips to get your home ready for the spring selling season. If you have question questions or would like to talk to us about listing your home, please feel free to contact us.