You may be planning to get your home ready for sale this spring, and you wouldn’t be alone… Spring isn’t only the most popular time to list homes for sale, but homes listed in spring months also tend to sell faster! This is a huge potential benefit to homeowners that have been planning to sell their homes, but amidst all that competition, how can you ensure that your property stands out?
Here are some tips for getting your home ready for sale this spring!
Whether a potential home buyer is driving by, or browsing online home listings, the first thing they’re likely to see is the front of your house. That first impression is everything, so make sure that your property is memorable (for good reasons), and inviting. You want any prospective buyers to click through to see what the rest of the house looks like and, hopefully, schedule a walkthrough. So trim those hedges, keep the grass trimmed, and weed those flower beds. If you’ve been meaning to paint the porch railings, or edge your walkway, now’s the time to do it!
Prospective buyers want to be able to picture themselves in your home (and you want that too!), so give them as blank a canvas as possible so that they can let their imagination run wild… The last thing you want is for a potential buyer to be unsure if their sofa is going to fit in your living room. So, clear out clutter, organize rooms, and simplify contents. Buyers will see how large and spacious rooms are, instead of feeling cramped by all of your stuff.
You probably have a list of home projects that you’ve been meaning to tackle, but are any of them particularly imperative? If you think it’s something that a potential buyer will notice, such as chipping paint, outdated fixtures or flooring, or a partially finished project, now’s the time to finally get those projects done. Your potential buyers may not notice your efforts, but they’d definitely notice if they weren’t done…
It’s easier to sell a clean house, so you want to make sure that the house sparkles. We recommend a good thorough cleaning, and then regular maintenance cleaning to ensure that the house is always ready for a showing. You never really know when someone may be interested in seeing your house, so you want to make sure you’re always ready.
Do you have a mold issue in your attic or basement? Does your roof leak? Is there Asbestos pipe insulation on your pipes? Does your home have a higher than acceptable level of Radon? These are all issues that may concern potential buyers. Addressing these issues before your buyers discover them can speed up the sale, avoid unnecessary negotiations, and ensure that buyers choose your home instead of another… Should your buyer have an interest in the work that was performed, providing them with details of the project, provided by a qualified contractor, will ease their nerves and create a level of comfort and trust amongst the parties.
The hardest home to sell is the one that no one knows is for sale… This is where exposure becomes so important, because many homeowners rely heavily on online listings and tools. That means that you want to make sure that your home is where your potential buyers are. Your Real Estate Agent will be able to help ensure that your home is listed in all of the applicable real estate sites and publications, with correct information and inviting photographs, and will be able to follow up with interested parties quickly so that you don’t lose them.
We hope this was helpful, but most of all, we hope that your home sells quickly!
As always, if we can assist with anything during your home sale process, please don’t hesitate to Contact Your Local Disaster Blaster! We’re always here to help!
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