Spring is a good time to sell your home thanks to what is known as the Spring Market. The Spring Market is a term used to describe the time of year when there is an abundance of buyers and sellers in the housing market. The last set of spring markets have been especially plentiful so it's extremely important to stand out among the sea of sellers if you want to get a good deal when selling. In order to do this, here are five tips that will improve your chances:
1. Finish Spring Cleaning: Get rid of anything cluttering up the home and do your best to get your house in order. It needs to look like a model home with a good amount of appeal. The cleaner and more upscale you can make your home look, the better. A home that looks clean and spacious sells more easily, cleaning up and getting rid of old junk is the best way to give your home an edge.
2. Paint: How long ago did you paint the walls of your house? If it was a long time ago you may want to consider a fresh coat of paint. What color did you use? Shocking or bold colors can prioritize someone's attention, a more neutral color works well to keep potential buyers looking at the interior of the home instead of the walls.
3. Less stuff is more space: The more spacious something looks the better the appeal. People want space to move around in as well as decorate so the fewer things are on display the more space your home appears to have. Put away as much stuff as you can in the kitchen. The same thing with bathroom items, hair dryers, toothbrushes and toothpaste, makeup, put it all away.
4. Update everything: Replace light bulbs, close all the faucets, get rid of or hide scratches on furniture, etc. Having a light flicker while showing a potential buyer your home can be the event that denies you a sale. Part of selling a home involves selling the idea of a perfect day indoors and electrical problems (even if it's just a light bulb) can dirty the pristine image of that idea.
5. Present livable spaces: Why do furniture stores have model rooms? Because they look untouched and show a potential idea for what you could live in. Do the same for your home. Make the bed and leave no wrinkles in the sheets, clear the desk, tuck away every chair, leave the lamp on to add light to the room, open any curtains or blinds to let light in. The less it feels like buyers are in someone else’s home, the better.