Although it’s hard to imagine now in the dead of winter, spring will be here in just a few short months.
If you’re thinking about moving someplace new, you may be one of the many people who are planning to list their home in the spring.
In the real estate world, the spring season is often a very busy time for new listings. The weather is getting nicer and people are more willing to leave the cozy comforts of their current home to visit open houses and look at listed properties. Plus, the spring is an ideal time for families with children to sell their home and move into their new home over the summer before the new school year begins.
To sell your home, you want it looking its best - inside and out. Why?
- Homes that are organized, and feel and look “home-like”, tend to show better and sell faster.
- Potential buyers can better envision themselves living in the home and visualize what they can do with the space to make it their own or better meet their wants and needs.
It’s important to remember that you’re selling the house and the property, not your belongings. You don’t have to live somewhere else while it’s on the market or break the bank by buying all new things to stage your home or hire a professional stager. There are some realtors who will help you stage your home as part of their contract with you. It’s definitely a great thing to ask prospective realtors before you select one (if you don’t want to sell your home privately.)
Many of our customers at Storage Solutions use a self-storage unit to help them sell their home and to simplify the moving process. Over the last 20 years we’ve learned some easy and affordable tips for getting your home ready to sell by spring, which we are happy to pass along.
Tips to Get Your Home Ready to Sell by Spring:
Declutter & Keep it Simple:
- Decluttering can be one of the best things you can do to help you sell your house.
- We tend to fill the space we have, so it’s important to declutter before showing your home.
- Decluttering enables you to show your space, not your stuff, which needs to be there as you live in the house for the timing being.
- Go through each room and take out anything that isn’t essential, and anything that may make the room look full or crowded.
- Prospective buyers will want to see the closets, garage and tool shed, which usually act as your hiding place for clutter, so don’t store it there!
- Check out some easy and affordable decluttering tips.
Deep Clean Your Home:
- A major tip which is also super low-cost, is to deep clean your home.
- This will make your home look, feel and smell fresh and clean.
- Keep in mind, when people are visiting open houses and are seeing (and smelling) a space for the first time, and therefore their eyes will travel over every inch of each room and they’ll notice everything.
- You may not often look at your chandelier, window ledges or baseboards, but realtors and their clients will. They will notice the cob webs, dust and stains that have accumulated over the winter (or since the last time you did a deep clean).
- Pay attention to heating vents as these are notorious for dust collection.
- One of the first things that people notice when seeing a home for the first time is how dark or bright it is.
- This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need lamps everywhere though! Natural lighting can be your best friend.
- In order to maximize the amount of sunlight entering your home, make sure to clean your windows and window coverings/treatments before the showings and open houses start.
- Clean and dust light fixtures and lamps so that they are at their brightest.
- In some rooms you may want to even remove window treatments to allow for more light.
Rearrange Your Furniture:
- One of the best no-cost decorating tips is to rearrange the furniture in your living spaces.
- Moving around existing furniture will give the room a fresh new look, and leave you feeling a sense of renewal as well.
- While rearranging furniture, focus on making the room look lived-in, while maximizing space.
- Your goal is to compliment a rooms’ space and size, while not hiding focal points or accents that make it unique.
Curb Appeal is Just as Important:
- When arriving, the driveway, gardens, and overall look of the property are the first impression to potential buyers.
- Once the snow melts, make sure that there was nothing hiding on the lawn all winter, put all tools and equipment away (either in the garage, shed or a storage unit) and make sure everything is in tip-top shape.
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