Preparing Your Home for the Spring Market
Updated: Aug 31, 2018
It is that time of year when flowers begin to bud, birds sing and the sun shines a little brighter. As spring starts to blossom it is also a time when lots of people consider buying a home. Spring and Summer are the two busiest seasons of the real estate market when buyers are out in full force looking at homes and making offers. However, these are also the months when the most homes are on the market. If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market to take advantage of the increased number of buyers, you need it to stand out and shine. So, don’t wait until a few weeks beforehand to start preparing. If you are in the market to sell your home I have lots of information designed to help you prepare your home for spring selling season.
Declutter and Clean
You’ve probably heard it once, and you’ll probably hear it again – declutter, declutter, declutter. Trash and donate anything you no longer use. Pack up and store everything you don’t plan on using while the home is listed. Buyers want to imagine themselves living in the home, so now is the time to depersonalize it and remove all the clutter that makes the rooms look smaller. While you’re cleaning out areas, wipe down everything. You’ll probably have to do another cleaning just before listing, but this will cut down on some of the work.
Painting is one of the cheapest projects with a good return on investment that you can complete. Conventional wisdom says to use neutral colors, like white or taupe; however, just remember that buyers are attracted to contrast. Navy blue paint will provide a higher return when it’s paired with white. If picking colours really isn’t your strength then don’t be afraid to ask a professional, many paint and building supply business have trained professionals to give out FREE advice and help guide you on your colour choices.
Upgrade Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures
The projects with the highest return on investment happen in the kitchen and bathroom, and you don’t have to do a complete remodel to influence buyers. Simply changing outdated fixtures can increase the appeal of your home. New faucets, new cabinet handles, and matching towel rails are all relatively easy projects. Adding a trendy backsplash and replacing light fixtures are also a couple of projects that require a bit more knowledge but can also be completed over a weekend.
Caulk and Fill
Applying fresh caulk to your windows and door fixtures not only makes your home look good and well cared for, it makes your home look well insulated and dry. Also consider looking at other home features that may require filling, such as mortar, grout, and other areas in need of caulking. This can be around bath tubs, around exterior faucets, where the laundry hose vents, high tread areas, etc. Age, weather, and regular wear and tear can cause these areas to need maintenance.
Dirty carpeting is a major turn-off for buyers. It can imply poor upkeep or a surplus of allergens, so it’s a good idea to get your carpets cleaned. You think that stain in the bedroom is a done deal? You may be surprised what a professional cleaning can do. No one will fault you for “living” in your home while you were there, but a simple deep clean can be enough to convince buyers that they aren’t moving into excess filth.
Fix Leaks and Slow Drains
As homeowners, we sometimes put off repairing certain issues, because we don’t have time or money and we, frankly, can live with them. However, when buyers walk through your home, they will test out features, like faucets, to see if they work. If they see a faucet is leaking, they’ll start to wonder what else is wrong and whether there are bigger underlying issues with the home and may place a lower offer than they would have otherwise. Such easy fixes can go a long way.
Other areas to consider: loose floor boards, missing molding, loose kitchen cabinets, squeaky doors, torn screens, missing covers, cracked toilet seats, any mold on ceilings, windows and walls, etc. These are all things that may draw unwanted attention.
Completing these projects for your home now will help relieve some of the stress of listing by allowing you to do a little bit here and there, instead of letting it all pile up until a few weeks before your home is to go on the market. It’s also the best way to make your home shine when the market inventory is at its peak.
If you are thinking about listing your home for sale, contact me for your FREE home appraisal to see where your house sits in the market and what value I can add to achieve amazing results.
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