Springtime can be an excellent time to sell your home. The weather is mild and the roads are less snowy and the grass and trees are just starting to recover from their winter slumber. Buyers are more likely to be out shopping and moving companies typically offer great deals in the spring as well. Selling your home during this time can be great, but it does have its unique challenges. Let’s explore some of the things that you can do to maximize your home value and appeal when selling during the spring.
Spring Into Action! Touch Up The Outside Of Your Home
Curb appeal can definitely sell homes, but that is only half the picture. Sure, you want your home to look nice to buyers as they drive up and park, but you also want it to look spectacular when they get up close as well. Details matter more than ever these days as buyers are expecting to get the most out of their purchase, especially in high cost markets like the Treasure Valley. Here are some things you can do to help wow your potential buyers from up close and far away.
Detail clean your windows, inside and out
Power wash the outside of your home and consider getting it repainted if budgets allow
Mow the lawn and bag the clippings. This will help get rid of scraggly patches and any remaining fall leaves that may have been left behind.
Plant spring friendly flowers and spruce up your walkway with quick decorations like potted plants or trees
Take the power washer you used on the outside of your house and use it on the driveway and sidewalk around your house
Trim your trees and bushes and weed around their bases
Clean and rinse your gutters out
Now Focus On The Inside Of Your Home
You don’t have to do a complete top to bottom deep clean if you don’t want to, but it couldn’t hurt. Barring that, you can concentrate on these key elements that will help breathe new life into your home after it has been dormant all winter.
Dust and wash blinds and window coverings
Sweep and scrub all baseboards and trims
Wash the outsides of all cabinets and kitchen appliances. (people tend to gravitate to the kitchen when considering a home)
Buy new storage solutions for your closets and pantry and de-clutter those spaces. When a potential buyer sees a solid organization system already in place in the home, they will be excited to not have to do that themselves and it can be a real perk when selling
Set out treats and have refreshments on hand like bottled water and pre-packaged snacks
Consult with your real estate agent for other great tips and strategies for selling your home during the spring. Ed Elam is happy to help with any questions about buying, selling, and beyond! Give him a call today, he’d love to hear from you.