Conventional wisdom states that spring is a good time to put your house on the market, and here at Realty One we agree! The warmer weather helps bring out more potential buyers, which leads to more offers. It’s also a good time for families with young children who are avoiding moving their kids during the school year. And to top it all off, your house looks great in pictures during the spring months — the grass is new and green, flowers and trees are blooming, and the clear Carolina blue sky provides a perfect back drop.
If you’re thinking of selling your home, now is a good time to get it ready for the spring market. We’ve got a few recommendations of things you can work on to prepare your home to be put on the market and get the most value out of your real estate investment.
1. Do a thorough spring cleaning. Traditionally spring is the time of year people go all out on cleaning chores, dragging out the carpet cleaner and washing the windows. If you haven’t done a deep clean on your home in a while, we recommend rolling up your sleeves and using a little elbow grease to get your home spic and span for the open houses and showings. You’ll be surprised how much brighter your interior will look when windows and screens are washed and baseboards are dusted off.
2. De-clutter and de-personalize. When buyers walk through, you want them to be able to visualize living there rather than seeing the evidence of you living there. Help create a sense that potential buyers could live in your home by taking down and storing family pictures and other personal items around the house. You should also work to clear off all counter space, which will make the rooms look bigger and more inviting. Find a place to store mail and paperwork out of the way while your house is on the market, clean off all the kids’ artwork from your refrigerator, and store away toys or knick-knacks that take up valuable counter space.
3. Utilize a storage unit. One way to make your home feel more spacious is to take out some of your furniture. In bedrooms, consider living with one nightstand rather than two temporarily, and maybe your living room could do without a chair or two. Storage units are also a great place to put out-of-season clothes to help your closets look bigger and more organized, or to store away holiday decorations to free up space in the attic or garage.
4. Neutralize your interior. Another way to make your house move-in ready is to paint all your rooms a neutral color, such as off-white or slate gray. Your kids might have been in love with their teal bedroom just as much as you loved your cranberry walls in the dining room, but one person’s color preference often isn’t the same as everyone else’s. Plus, nothing brightens up a room more than a fresh coat of paint.
5. Spruce up the outside. Make your home look great for the real estate broker’s pictures and inviting for each person coming for a showing by setting out pots and hanging baskets full of bright flowers on the front porch. You’ll also want to spread a fresh layer of mulch around any
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