Spring is one of the best times to sell your home because it is when most buyers start their search. But even if you are putting your home on the market at the right time, you still need to make sure it is in the best condition possible to help maximize interest. Here are some ways to prepare to sell your home this spring.
Spruce it up
Buyers these days want homes that are move-in ready, so you should do all you can to get your house into selling shape. It goes without saying that you need to do a deep clean, but you also should fix any cosmetic damage as well as small mechanical things. This can include filling in cracks, doing touch-up painting, replacing broken windows and locks, replacing light bulbs that don't work and fixing any plumbing or electrical issues.
Another thing you need to do to get your house in selling shape is to declutter. You want to make sure you don't have a lot of knick knacks around the home on every surface, and you should pare back the amount of family photos you have out. Preparing to sell also is a good time to take stock of things you have stored in your garage, closets and your basement and see what can be disposed of. It's a good idea to put things in storage, especially if you have so much stuff that it is taking up an entire room or preventing you from parking in your garage.
Boost your curb appeal
No matter how great your home looks on the inside, potential buyers may avoid looking at it if it's uninviting from the outside. That's why it's important to boost your home's curb appeal, and the spring is the perfect time to do that. Reseed your lawn to fill in bare spots, trim bushes and shrubs and plant flowers that bloom quickly in the spring. You also should pick up debris and make needed exterior home fixes.
Stage your home
Staging your home properly can help it sell faster. Get a real estate agent from a company like Re/Max Alliance - The Diane Stow Team that can help you with this. Staging is more than just arranging the furniture properly, so it's important to get help from a professional to do it right. Properly staged homes tend to sell faster and for more money.
Selling your home during the spring gives you a leg up, but you still need to do everything you can to boost your chances. Following these tips will help to sell your home faster and for more money.
About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. The information in this article is credited to Re/Max Alliance - The Diane Stow Team.