With spring around the corner, it’s time to start planning the best ways to prepare your home if you’re going to list it for sale this season. Preparing your home for a successful launch onto the market is essential. Spring is a very popular time to list a home – and these tips can maximize your home’s ability to show well.
- First impressions – The first impression is the only impression! When someone pulls up to your home, you want them to see a perfectly manicured yard. Ensure the grass is cut, hedges are trimmed, and tree branches cut back. Also, remember all of the exterior is within the buyer’s first impression. Think about pressure washing the driveway or touching up the front door paint.
- Hide the pets – Although a lot of people enjoy animals, not all do. When showing your home in its best light, you do not want buyers to walk in and smell the litter box or end up covered in pet hair when they leave. It’s recommended to steam the carpets and remove any pet toys, pet dishes, and even the pet itself when you have a showing.
- Declutter the home – When you are spring cleaning and preparing to get your home stage-ready, a key thing to remember is that less is definitely more. Having fewer personal items on display gives the feel of more space and leaves room for the potential buyer to see themselves living there. This means removing the blender from the counter, cleaning off the kids’ homework from the kitchen table, etc.
- Closet/storage spaces – One of the biggest reasons homeowners list their home for sale is not having enough space in their current home. When buyers are hunting, they are going to be looking at their potential new storage options. Take the time to declutter and reorganize the storage space to look larger than it actually is.
- Have a home inspection – You never want to have an offer fall through due to housing defects that take you by surprise. It’s recommended before you list your home to have an inspector assess your home. A full report will assist you in seeing what the owner’s inspectors could see – be it outdated electrical, a roof in need of repair or replacement, or perhaps a water leak in the attic. Having a home inspector review your home before you list will mitigate any nasty surprises that can arise when an offer is on the table.
- Stage your home – Not only do you need to declutter, but you need to stage your home, as well. Home staging can range from rearranging furniture to painting the walls a neutral colour. The idea behind home staging is setting it up in a way that not only appeals to the eye, but also allows buyers to see themselves in the space. When staging, it’s a good practice to remove any personalized items that might be distracting to the buyers.
By following these simple steps, you will have your home in its best shape and ready to go on the spring market in no time! If you need assistance with your pre-approval for your new home purchase, call us to discuss your options today.