10 ways to prepare your home for sale in a Spring Market:
Spring is usually the time when the most homes are available for sale. It is usually the time when the most buyers are looking too.
If you are putting your home up for sale this spring, it is not too early to start preparing your home so that you can get the best price for your home.
Taking steps to prepare your home now will help you avoid the stress of a last minute rush to market.
Below are some tips to help you:
10 tips to get ready for a spring sale
1. Clean & de-clutter
This seems obvious, but it can be quite a task. It is something you will HAVE to do, so start the packing process early.
Clear all counter space; in every room.
Donate items that you don’t use and are not likely to use.
Throw away items that are broken or damaged.
Shred and dispose of paperwork that will not make the trip with you.
Consider a temporary storage facility for bulky pieces of furniture, holiday decor, out of season clothing and any other items you don’t need.
When you clean, depersonalize your home.
Washing windows and curtains
Straightening contents of your closets
2. Do a thorough inspection
To make sure you pass in section; do a thorough inspection first:
Inspect your walls and floors for water damage
Check for plumbing leaks
Make sure your windows don’t have broken seals,
Check for any signs of insects or rodents
… then fix any problems that you find.
3. Eliminate odors
A smelly home is a no, no. Odors can be overwhelming. You want to create a space where potential buyers want to be…they will not want to remain in an area. Masking odors with air fresheners may be overwhelming and may cause allergies.
Many buyers want to see a blank canvas where they can inject their own personality. In order to make your home appeal to the largest possible audience, paint your walls in neutral colors in a matt finish.
Colours which are specific to your décor, has no appeal to other buyers.
Don’t forget to repair any nail holes or other damage before painting, and be sure to touch up ceilings and trim as needed.
5. Finish projects & repairs
Now is the time to complete any home improvement projects you have under way and make any and all necessary repairs to your home.
You’ll most likely find a buyer more quickly and the sale process will be much smoother if everything that needs to be done is taken care of before you list your property.
If you have additional home improvement projects planned, make sure they can be finished in a short amount of time. Speak with an agent before starting those improvements. He/she will be able to advise you on how feasible it is to do those improvements before you list your home.
6. Clean or replace flooring
Carpets should be shampooed and treated for stains. Tile and hardwoods should be thoroughly swept and mopped to a shine. Any flooring that is stained, damaged or worn beyond repair should be removed and replaced. Hardwood floors that are scratched or have lost their sheen should be refinished. Work towards impressing potential buyers.
7. Freshen up fixtures & hardware
Light fixtures, bathroom mirrors, taps, shower heads and cabinet hardware can all be replaced for very little money and make a huge difference in terms of visual appeal.
8. Create a welcoming entrance
Your front door is the first thing potential buyers will see when they visit your home, so remember to make it inviting. Paint the door if needed, replace any damaged hardware, keep decorations minimal and declutter the entrance area.
An important part of showing your home, staging can be done yourself or by professionals.
Place furniture to maximize the feelings of space and light in your home, with an eye to how rooms flow into each other.
If your decor isn’t cutting it, you can move your belongings into storage and rent furniture and artwork from a home staging service on a monthly basis.
10. Get your real price
Find out how much you should list your home for speaking a realtor.
Ask for a list of comparable sales and market conditions which will help you determine how much you can expect to sell for in today’s market.