Spring is upon us and the housing market is set to enter its busiest time of the year. With winter a mere memory and lots of sunshine on the way, many potential homebuyers will be out and about looking for the perfect home to suit their needs and budget. If you're preparing to put your home on the market this spring, there are a number of things you can do to erase signs of winter wear and improve your home's appeal.
Whether you're in a buyer's market or seller's market, simple, cost-effective improvements like applying a fresh coat of paint to your home's interior or exterior can transform your home and help attract greater interest from potential buyers. Larger-scale improvements like renovations can also enhance a home's appeal while some houses might require repairs after a long and harsh Canadian winter.
To make sure your home is not only sale-ready but fetches the highest possible price, a list of the top ten tips for selling your home this spring:
- Create curb appeal - First impressions count! Get rid of any debris that winter left behind, edge your gardens and add creative arrangements to your front porch.
- A fresh coat of paint goes a long way - Refresh the interior and exterior of your home by painting your walls, front door, garage, shed and fence.
- Clean, clean, clean! - Nothing will turn a potential buyer away quicker than a dirty home. Be sure to scrub your floors and wash your windows.
- Inspect your exterior - Have a professional check your property for any damage to your roof, shutters or siding caused by winter wear.
- Are renovations required? - An updated kitchen or bathroom might boost your home's appeal as well as the value of your home.
- Engage the senses - Create a welcoming scent for potential buyers by lighting a few scented candles or placing fresh flowers throughout your home.
- Turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis - Update your patio furniture to create a relaxing outdoor environment.
- Reseal your driveway - This will remove any wear and tear and keep your driveway looking new.
- Depersonalize your home - Potential buyers want to picture themselves in your home. Remove family photos and diplomas.
- Rid your home of unwanted clutter - Donate gently used items or have a Garage Sale.