Preparing to Sell This Spring? How to Get Your Home Market-Ready
Preparing to sell your home this spring? Maybe you need more room for your growing family, maybe you’re downsizing, or maybe you’re relocating to a new city. Whatever the reason may be for your big move, springtime seems to be the most popular season for home sales. School is soon to be out for the summer, the weather is getting nicer (which makes it the perfect time to snap exterior photos of your home), and people are antsy to make a change.
Making the decision to sell your home is a big step, and there is a lot of work that goes into preparing your home for the sale. If you’ve already contacted a real estate agent and selected one to list your home, you probably already have a list of tasks to make your home market-ready.
Market prep can mean a number of things; basic maintenance, giving rooms that may need it an update, and overall making your home more attractive to potential buyers. Here’s what you need to know when preparing to sell your home this spring.
Basic Maintenance. Make sure all of your appliances and systems are working and running smoothly. A primary concern for many homebuyers is knowing what they are buying into and how much work is needed. Buyers like to know that the home has been well-maintained and that they aren’t going to run into tons of problems.
- All plumbing fixtures working correctly
- Air conditioner runs smoothly
- Appliances work
- Doorknobs and locks are working
- Garage door works
- The roof is undamaged and intact
Up Your Curb Appeal. Even though most buyers will ultimately not judge a book by its cover, it’s still a good idea to have the outside of your home looking great, as this is the first thing potential buyers see. Make sure your bushes are neatly trimmed, add fresh mulch and some colorful flowers to make the place a little homier. Also, make sure the sidewalks and driveway are clean and consider repainting your front door. Anything you can do to make the exterior of your home more appealing will provide eye-catching results for potential buyers!
- Trim bushes
- Add fresh mulch
- Plant flowers
- Consider repainting or washing your front door
- Rinse/clean off driveway and sidewalks
- Make sure grass is always freshly cut for showings
- Weeds are taken care of
Paint. Paint is one of the easiest, cheapest ways to update your home before you list it. While you might be crazy about that vibrant orange or yellow color in one of your rooms, it could be a big turn-off for potential buyers. Lighter and neutral colors are preferred when selling because they tend to appeal to most people. A buyer can always spruce the room up with colorful accents, but a color that is too “out there” might turn them off. As a result, the buyer will just see this room as another project that they have to add to their list.
Lighting. Lighting can make homes seem more open and inviting. Take some time to analyze your current space and see if you can find ways to improve lighting. Lighting different areas can maximize the perception of space. Also, if you have “dated” light fixtures, simply installing new light fixtures could be a quick way to increase the value of your home.
Consider Giving These Rooms Some Extra Attention
Kitchen. Many homebuyers are very focused on the kitchen, so consider giving this room some extra love. Everyone wants a large, spacious kitchen with all new appliances; a place where they can cook and entertain guests.
Doing a complete kitchen remodel probably doesn’t make sense financially; however, you can make minor repairs that will make your kitchen more inviting. If painting, lighting, and countertops are outdated, consider updating. In addition to lighting, consider installing new fixtures that might make your kitchen more appealing (specialty faucets, cabinet lights, etc.)
Bathroom. A clean bathroom where everything is working properly is essential when selling. If you have a plumbing problem with a toilet, missing tiles, or old wallpaper, necessary updates and repairs should be made. If your home is older, simply replacing the seat of the toilet can make the room look better. The brighter and cleaner that you make an area, the better. Buyers tend to focus the most on the kitchen and the bathrooms, so be sure to fix any issues prior to putting your home up for sale.
And, of course, in addition to all repairs and updates, make sure that you declutter, clean, and organize your home so that it is looking its best for potential buyers. For installations, painting, landscaping, mulching, or any other job you can think of, call Handy-Matt. Let us help you get your home ready to sell this spring! Contact us and receive a free quote today.