If you're thinking about selling your home this spring, you're on your way to selling your home fast and for more. Spring is the optimum time to sell a home. Regardless of whether it's a buyer's market or a seller's market, inventory historically rises in the spring. Why? Because the largest number of buyers are actively searching for a new home during April, May, and June.
Moe Tip: If your home has been languishing on the market since the holidays, take it off the market. Give it a chance to "cool down" for a few weeks before putting it back on the market.
Nobody is going to look at your home in the spring if the DOM show it's been on the market for several months. Buyers gravitate toward fresh, new listings. With Spring less than a month away, here is a list of things you can do to improve the odds that your home will stand out among the sea of new listings flooding the spring-time real estate market:
Of course, the prospective buyer's first impression is very important. Artfully manicured lawns are edged and tell buyers you pay attention to small details. Diagonally mowed lawns make your yard appear larger. Clean out dead leaves and debris in your lawn. Don't let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. Yellow flowers stimulate buying urges. After a long winter, everybody is anxious to see the first signs of spring. Yellow tulips and daffodils induce feelings of happiness and contentment. Arrange containers in groups of three or five near the entrance.
Clean, Declutter, Depersonalize:
Sparkle is free, and sparkle sells homes. A potential buyer may not realize why your home seems so inviting but will feel drawn to it if the windows are spotless and your mirrors reflect sunlight. Cleaning is the first step in preparing your home for sale because it enhances the energy of the house. Invest in detailed professional cleaning to get rid of any smells in the house. Dry clean the curtains and get the carpets steam cleaned as well. Touch up with walls with a magic eraser and/or new paint. Be sure to declutter the countertops and take out any personalized items such as family photos etc. Clean out and organize the closets - this is something that's often overlooked but very important in order for potential buyers seeing themselves living in the home. Empty out the basement as well so you can clearly see the space - this is a great time to plan a garage sale which will help you prepare for your new home as well.
Consider a pre-listing inspection:
To help get your home sold quickly for the most amount of money possible, it's important to know your houses qualities, both good and bad. Given the way mortgage lending guidelines have tightened up with appraisal and condition issues risking a larger number of transactions, getting a pre-listing inspection will give you the change to fix up any issues that might jeopardise an otherwise good offer.