Sell your House This Spring
May 28, 2014
Spring has sprung, and so have early indicators showing that the spring selling season is already underway. Home sales peak in the spring as families with school-aged kids aim to move between academic years. More than HALF of America’s moves take place over the summer, so if you’re planning to put your house on the market, now is the time to prepare your home for its next family!
Tackling upgrades now can give your home the pizazz it needs to sell more quickly. Here are some improvements to consider before putting your home on the market this spring.
Judging a book by its cover
Our parents and teachers said not to do it, but when looking at homes, curb appeal can be a deciding factor. It’s one of the easiest ways to draw potential buyers into a home. When making large upgrades to siding or the front door, be sure not to go crazy with color. Stick with popular combinations like neutral siding with a dark front door, the classic combination of white siding with crisp black trim and a red door, or go a little bolder by choosing a moody gray tone for added drama, like our clay, greystone or mocha siding. These palettes will help highlight the personality of your home from the road without distracting buyers with overly ornate styles.
And don’t forget the front lawn. Has there always been one broken stone in the front walkway? Now is the time to fix it! Tidy landscaping that’s free of weeds and a mowed lawn can help draw buyers inside when they see how beautiful the outside can be.
It’s what’s inside that counts
The first step is drawing people inside, but helping potential buyers envision themselves in the house is equally important. Enhancing your home’s interior can be as simple as thoroughly cleaning and keeping it free of clutter. Now is the perfect time to complete those pesky tasks on your to-do list. Fix leaky faucets, remove wallpaper, and repair cracks so that the house you’re showing looks well cared for. Also, start putting away personal items like family photos and staging rooms with new bedding, towels and a neutral coat of paint. Those details can make a huge difference in landing a sale.
Green is good
One of the biggest buzzwords in housing is ‘green.’ There are many ways to make a home more energy efficient, and green improvements are some of the most cost-effective options available to homeowners looking to sell. Small improvements such as placing CFL bulbs in the light fixtures and installing weather stripping around doors are good first steps. Larger whole-house improvements such as updating the insulation and installing energy efficient windows can do wonders in making the property more attractive to potential buyers looking for a home they can stay in long-term.
You can even promote your home’s green potential if you don’t have the cash to make the improvements before putting it on the market. For example, if your home faces south or west it could be a great candidate for solar panels in the future.
What are your best home staging tips? Have you ever made simple home improvements that helped your home sell in no time, and for above the asking price? Let us know in a comment below.