Spring is just around the corner and so is Real Estate's busiest time of the year! Have you been thinking about listing your home recently? With peak selling season fast approaching it is important you get a head start on prepping your home for listing. Doing so will boost your chances of a faster sale and help you stand out amongst the competition.
The first thing potential home-buyers are going to see is the outside of your home. Keep walkways and entrances clear and maintain landscaping where applicable. Can buyers read your house number? This is simple but very important! A legible, stylish house number makes a huge difference in locating a home easily. Mailbox looking beat-up? Replace it with a new, more appealing version. Make sure any fencing around your home looks fresh and well taken care of. Does the exterior of your home look dingy? You may need to power wash it or even paint it. How about your roof? It may be time to repair/replace it. Gutters looking gross? Give them a good cleaning/ replacing as necessary. Sometimes something as simple as a fresh coat of paint on the front door and shutters can make a world of difference. Outdoor lighting has an effect too, especially during evening showings. Replace floodlights with softer accent lights to set a more welcoming mood. First impressions are everything, especially to a home-buyer!
So you've wowed potential home-buyers with your home's exterior - but what's on the inside counts too! You want buyers to be able to imagine themselves living in the space. First things first, your home should be super clean and smell fresh. If you have carpeting make sure to schedule a cleaning before listing day. Wipe down windows, baseboards, ceiling fans, and any nooks and crannies you typically don't get to in a regular cleaning. Give your walls a fresh coat of neutral paint color and remove personal items (i.e. family photos). You want to set the stage so the buyer can imagine their own belongings in your space. De-cluttering and organizing is essential as well. You want your home to be accessible and appear as spacious as possible. Remove extra furniture, knick-knacks, children's toys, shoes, etc. that may be obstructing space. Clean off kitchen counters and bathroom vanities. Have a small space? Add a mirror to a smaller room to make it appear bigger. It allows the buyer to see themselves in your home, which may entice them even further! Let the sunshine into your home by opening up all the curtains and blinds. A bright home shows much better and allows buyers to really take in your home's features. Add a fresh smelling bouquet of flowers to your entry way to add a nice touch. All the little things add up to paint a bigger picture, and you want buyers to picture your place as their future home.