Slowly but surely, it seems that spring is finally creeping up on us, and as the weather warms up, so does the housing market. If you’re planning to sell your home this spring, now’s the time to get it in shape for buyers.
Spring is the optimum time to sell a home. Regardless of whether it’s a hot, cold or a neutral market, inventory almost always rises in the spring because the largest number of buyers are actively searching for a new home during April, May, and June.
The key to getting your home sold quickly and for more money, however, doesn’t begin with changing your home. It begins with a change of mind. Stop thinking of yourself as a homeowner and start thinking of yourself as a retailer. You need to disassociate yourself from the home and the memories you’ve built in it and start thinking about what you can do to increase its appeal to prospective buyers.
Even in the best of markets, homes that present well, sell for more than similar homes that have one or more negative attributes. Check out these tips on getting your home ready for the Spring selling season, and you’ll be much more likely to get the top dollar you’ve been hoping for.
First things first, the value of great curb appeal cannot be overstated. That all-important first impression can either set the stage for an excited buyer or sour them before they ever get inside.
Here’s what’s most important.
Once the outside has been assessed and taken care of, it’s time to tackle the inside of the home. The first step should be a thorough walk-thru with an objective eye. Does it have “move-in ready appeal” that will “wow” young, eager buyers? Is there chipped paint on moldings and trim? If you have carpet, is it worn out and dirty and could benefit from a deep cleaning or replacement? Look at your property through the lens of your buyer and determine what needs the most attention so that potential buyer can immediately connect and envision themselves living there with minimal work to do when they move in. The trick to home staging is creating a space that will enact an emotional response in the buyers.
Begin Packing and Organizing Your Belongings
There’s no way to know for sure how long it will take for your home to sell – it could take days or months, and while it may seem crazy to start packing up your stuff before a sale occurs, it’s best to be prepared for any outcome.
Remove Excess and Simplify
Prospective buyers are going to want to step into your home and see a place they can visualize living in and making their own. Tackle one room at a time and decide whether to keep or purge items based on when you last touched or used it. Remove personal items, collectibles and excessive furniture that distract from the room’s key features as well as its perceived size and flow. Then organize the remaining items with efficient storage solutions such as baskets and containers for closets, drawers and cabinets.
Repairs and Improvements
The last thing anyone wants to do before they sell their home is to dump a bunch of money into it for an extensive renovation; however, there are minor repairs and improvements that can be made to make a home look fresher for potential buyers. Here are a few worthwhile improvements that can be made without spending a fortune:
Once you’ve invested in the necessary upgrades to create a more “move-in ready” appeal, buyers still need to emotionally connect by envisioning how their furnishings will look in the space. I know we’ve already mentioned the importance of reducing clutter, but it bears repeating. Let potential home buyers see how much space your home has by removing extra or bulky furniture and removing the clutter. Complete the look with pops of colorful and inviting accents that will make a lasting impression. Furniture and accessory placement can cause the buyers to question whether the home will work for them or not. Home shoppers also like to see rooms furnished with one purpose in mind—no office/bedroom combos, for example.
Staging your home (and living in a staged home) can be stressful. However, if you do it right and if the home is priced right, the offers WILL come, and you will reap the benefits of your hard work and investment. Then you can relax and look forward with excitement to a future full of new adventures and memories to make in your brand-new home!
What has been your experience when getting a home ready to sell?
If you think this would be too overwhelming or you don’t know where to start, give us a call at 281-588-0096 or contact us here to schedule your Home Staging Consultation. We can give you feedback that will put you on the right track for a faster sale and a higher profit!
Until next time!