Planning on selling your home this spring? You’re not alone!
According to Trulia, “When April rolls around, property listings multiply like crocuses. One reason is that homes simply show better in the spring, with all the blooming flowers and the lack of snow. Sellers also feel more motivated once the warmer weather rolls around. And then, of course, success begets success. Potential sellers hear about all the bidding wars that result from springtime listings and figure it’s best to wait out the winter chill, then get a piece of the April action.”
With springtime being an opportune time to sell, finding ways to make your home more appealing to potential buyers is key. In fact, co-op and condo resource The Cooperator New York states that, “In order to gain an edge in today’s real estate market when buyers/investors have so many options, a property must be priced right and look better than the competition.”
Though the thought of getting your home in tip-top shape to sell while looking for a new home to live in yourself may seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. In How To Prepare and Pack When Moving into a New Home, Mahri Gilfoyle says that by remaining proactive, you can “…keep things in order while getting ready to move, keeping your stress level at a minimum.”
Coordinate your boxes into categories, carefully labelling each one with a corresponding list so that you can keep track of what’s in them. Then, bring them to a self-storage unit nearby so that they are out of the way as potential buyers visit your home. You can even move unnecessary furniture to your storage unit so that your home appears more spacious as buyers navigate it.
In order to get your home looking great, remove any personal belongings (such as photos or bold decor) and freshen it up with a neutral paint and decor pallet. Doing so will allow each person entering the opportunity to envision their own personal belongings, making your home their own. Also remember that first impressions are key, so you do not want to overlook your home’s exterior. Freshening up the outside with some potted plants and flowers is an easy an inexpensive way to make your home pop as people pull up.
Still not sure if it’s worth the time or money? Consider this. The National Association of Realtors states, “…for every $100 invested in staging your home, the potential return is $400.” That’s huge! So find yourself a storage facility and a paintbrush, and get to work!
Wishing you a quick and easy sell!
“Home is the nicest word there is.”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder