It’s time to sell your home. You’ve done the research and you’ve determined that selling your home is the best idea for your finances and for your life. You’ve talked to your realtor and you know what you have to get done.
It doesn’t matter the reason — maybe you’re downsizing into a one-bedroom Minneapolis apartment or you’ve found an awesome rent to own deal nearby in a favorite neighborhood — you still must have your house ready for the spring selling season.
A recent report from the Huffington Post found that homes listed in spring sell an average of 18 days faster, and often even for higher prices. So, you need to take advantage of this opportunity and get your place on the market. And here are few ways you can do that.
Think Like A Buyer
Your buyer isn’t looking to do a ton of maintenance as soon as they move into the house … well, at least most people aren’t. So, do it for them. Go through the normal maintenance routines, like cleaning the HVAC filters, checking out the quality of the chimney, have a pro inspector walk through the place, and clean out the old gutters.
Make your place move-in ready and you’ll attract a ton of attention from buyers in the area. Transition your home from winter to spring and show them how beautiful it could be.
Spruce Up That Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is important. What does the buyer see when he or she arrives at your house? Does it look inviting, clean and ready to be lived in? Or has your curb appeal really fallen off? When selling your home in spring, it is critical that your yard and landscaping are in prime condition. Buyers formulate a lasting first impression of houses within the first 60 seconds. That amount of time does not even give them a chance to enter your home, so make your first impression count.
Landscaping can be a great place to start. Think about the exterior of your home as much as you think about the inside. Create a welcoming environment and get those buyers in the door.
Paint Your Front Door
Buyers notice the front door before anything else. Is your door a dull color? Is the paint chipped and falling off? If so, head on over to your local Home Depot and find a nice color of paint for your door. Get something inviting and vibrant and start slathering on a fresh coat of paint. You’d be surprised at how important a bright color of paint on your front door can be. Put in the work now so that when your buyer arrives, a great first impression is made.
A Little Boost From Plants and Flowers
Blooming plants, new floral arrangements, a crisp and clean garden — touches of flower and greenery can go a long way in making your home look like it’s in pristine condition. And if your neighbor’s yard is in bad shape, this can elevate your home in huge, huge way.
It might be a bit early to start planting in your area, depending on the current climate, but add a few touches of greenery on your porch or in potted plans on the day of your open house.