Now that March is here we can all look forward to warmer weather ahead and spring buyers looking through our homes. Whether you are trying to decide when to put your home on the market or you are unsure where to start in staging your home, we have some simple tips to help you. Realtors will agree that spring is the best season of the year to start preparing your home for buyers. From curb appeal that grabs buyers’ attention outside of your home to decluttering and neutralizing your interiors, now is the perfect time to spring clean and look forward to the sale of your home.
Grab buyers’ attention from the street.
Believe it or not, the inside of your house may never be seen if your curb appeal looks shabby and unwelcoming. Curb appeal is the first impression potential buyers and guests receive from the outside of your home and will form an opinion in their minds immediately. Don’t let the outdoors of your home turn anyone away. Start by standing back at the street and looking at your entire home. Pay attention to the sidewalks, curb, driveway and walkways where guests will be entering your home. Ensure debris, dirt and overgrown weeds are removed and a clear path is visible to your front door.
Ensure landscaping looks fresh.
Unless you live in a warm climate year-round, your lawn, landscaping, and plant beds have probably taken a beating during the harsh winter. Before you decide to put your home on the market, walk through your front and backyard to assess what plants needs to be replaced or removed, and if your grass needs fertilizing or watering in the upcoming weeks. If you’re not sure how to get your yard back in shape, consider hiring a professional gardener/landscaper. You can also visit your local nursery to get tips on seasonal plants to use. If the ground is still too hard and cold for new plants, consider potted plants at your front door or patio that can be moved into the garage when needed.
Make a lasting first impression at the front entry.
Once your home has been updated outdoors, make sure the inside of your home seals the deal with guests. Place a welcoming doormat at your front door and consider a fresh color or stained wood for the door if needed. Take a look at the doorbell, house numbers and lighting fixtures. If they are in disrepair or look worn, consider replacing. Once inside your front foyer, take into consideration how much natural and artificial light there is. One of the biggest complaints buyers have when viewing homes is how dark and unwelcoming the house can feel.
Declutter and remove personal items.
Once you put your home up for sale, you need to consider the house already sold in your mind. This means that personal items such as family photos, personal awards, plaques, and your favorite collectibles and trinkets should be removed. The idea is to declutter and remove the excess but still keep a home that feels warm and inviting to a stranger. You are trying to create a home that buyers can picture themselves living in. If your family’s personal items are throughout the home, buyers will feel like they are ‘just visiting’ and will immediately feel turned off from your home. If you’re not sure what to remove, have a friend or neighbor come walk through your house and get a second opinion.
Spring clean and neutralize your home.
Now that the clutter and personal items are gone, it is time to spring clean. From your carpets and resilient flooring to your kitchen and bathrooms – buyers want to see and feel a clean home. If the task seems too daunting, hire a cleaning service to get it clean and then you and your family will have an easier time maintaining it until you get an offer. If your home has very bright or very dark colors from room to room, consider using a neutral color palette with khaki browns, buttery yellows, sage greens, or pale blues throughout the entire home. Paint is the cheapest way to give your home a whole new look and feel. This will unite your rooms visually and will make your home feel spacious and less compartmentalized.
This spring embrace the change of the seasons and prepare to sell your home with these easy home staging tips. From your outdoor curb appeal to staging your interiors with a clean and decluttered ambiance, buyers will be excited to come back to your home for a second view – and possibly an offer!