Spring Market Sales Prep Tips

With spring right around the corner, many home buyers are coming out of hibernation and are getting ready to step into the market to find their perfect home. So if you’ve considered selling this spring, know that it’s a great time to move forward with those plans.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you want to successfully sell your home while flowers are in full bloom:

There’ll Be More Competition

The spring and summer months tend to be the most active when it comes to home sales. The change of seasons naturally sets up the mood for people to start thinking about finally moving into a new home. For families with school-age kids, it also makes sense to find a new place to live before summer ends so that moving will be less stressful and will suit everyone’s schedule. 

As you prepare to list your home, keep the extra competition in mind. The best approach is to price your home right, from the start. With the influx of buyers and a competitive market, you won’t have to worry about not making a profit because you’ll often get offers above the listing price. Consider checking out open houses in your neighborhood before finally putting up your own for-sale sign so you can see what nearby homes look like, their common features or amenities, and what price they’re listed for.

Curb Appeal Makes A Big Difference

Boosting your home’s curb appeal can do wonders to its ability to attract potential buyers. When the flowers come in full bloom and the grass becomes greener, it will be easier to sell not just a house but a total package. So spruce up the exterior of your home by cleaning up your yard, keeping the grass well-trimmed, and freshening up the fence, mailbox, and other outdoor decor.

Likewise, you’ll want potential buyers to picture themselves enjoying their time and making memories in the property. Entice them by bringing the outside in! Add or highlight the outdoor living area where people can see themselves having a sip of their chosen beverage while the kids are playing in the pool and they’re entertaining guests with barbeque parties. If you have the time and the budget, re-assess the space where you can add some profit potential into your property, such as adding a fire pit or revamping your deck.

Take Advantage Of Natural Light

There are many benefits to having more natural light in your home. It has been proven to boost vitamin D levels and improve your mood and mental health. Also, it can help reduce your electricity consumption since you don’t need to flick on your light fixtures as often. And since there’ll be plenty of natural light during the spring, take advantage of it when you sell your home. 

Natural light is also helpful in staging since it can make smaller rooms feel more spacious and pleasant. So open your windows early in the morning and let the fresh air in. If your home isn’t located on the “brighter” side where light is abundant, you can opt for projects such as painting your eaves white or installing skylights.

Keep Your House Cool

Depending on where you live, there’ll be a fair amount of heat and humidity once the drier weather comes. So there’s nothing more important than keeping your home comfortable and inviting for would-be home buyers that will come over for viewings. 

You want to ensure that your home is cool and comfortable by keeping the A/C running and the thermostat set at a comfortable temperature. Buyers will also be able to ensure that the home’s HVAC systems are working efficiently. Having refreshments and snacks ready will also make a great impression on buyers who have been traipsing around town looking at properties in the sweltering heat.

Get Started On Your Spring Cleaning

Putting your home on the market this season is the perfect excuse for you to get a head start on spring cleaning. Remember that the first thing you’ll want to do is to make your home look fresh and inviting to potential buyers. Spend time decluttering the living areas and depersonalize the space to allow buyers to envision themselves settling in the home. Try taking a minimalist approach with less furniture and decor. Aside from highlighting its best features, the environment and overall vibe of your home will be extremely important this season to get multiple offers and make the most profit out of your biggest investment.

DON’T HESITATE TO CALL ME FOR MORE TIPS OR HOW TO PROCEED WITH GETTING YOUR HOME ON THE MARKET THIS SPRING.

 

 


 

 

Home Maintenance Projects You Should Tackle in August

August is arguably one of the best months to tackle some important maintenance projects around the home. As summer winds down, August promises some cooler temperatures — and we want to make sure our homes are prepared for the change.

Tackle a few (or all!) of these projects throughout the month to keep your home healthy and happy — both inside and out.

EXTERIOR

  • Clean your gutters. Remove any leaves and debris from your gutters to avoid clogging. This helps move water away from your home so it doesn’t collect around your foundation and seep into your crawl space or basement.
  • Inspect roof. A happy roof means a happy home! Check your roof to make sure it is free of damage and debris, and replace any missing or damaged shingles if needed.
  • Power wash driveway, patio and deck. Your outdoor areas have likely seen a lot of foot traffic this summer. Create a clean slate by removing dirt and grime from your driveway, patio and deck!
  • Check for small animal entries. Make sure there are no entry points to your attic, crawl space or basement for small critters, who will be looking for a warm place to stay once the temperatures cool.
  • Trim trees. Trim off any low-hanging or weak branches that may break off in fall or winter storms.

INTERIOR

  • Check for air leaks. Before the cold weather hits, check for air leaks throughout your home. On a windy day, turn off central air and light a candle or a stick of incense. Walk around to exterior doors or windows to see if the flame or smoke changes direction! If so, locate the leak and patch it with caulk or another sealant.
  • Vacuum coils behind refrigerator. This can be an important step in prolonging the life of your refrigerator, as dust or pet hair can prevent it from cooling properly and efficiently. Vacuum the coils every 6 months to a year — or more often if you have pets.
  • Deep clean carpets and rugs. After all that indoor/outdoor living, your carpets and rugs may be in need of a deep clean. Consider shampooing them, if necessary!
  • Maintain your furnace. Make sure your furnace is running properly before fall hits. Schedule a preventative tune-up and inspection to ensure all is in working order.

Take Heart.

Don’t worry. All your hard work will pay off this fall — and beyond!

 

 

 

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