Brandon McCray, MBA

8 Ways to Prepare your Home for the Spring Selling Season

8 Tips to Prepare our Home for Spring Sales!

Spring is the unofficial start of real estate sales! Are you ready for it? Do you want to maximize the value of your home? Take a look at the 8 tips below!

  1. Fix all the small stuff. You may or may not want to have your home inspected before you list it, but know that the buyer will have an inspection before the sale is finalized. If they find small problems, they will worry that there are larger maintenance issues that they can’t yet detect.
  2. Get rid of oversized and excess furniture. The less furniture you have in your house, the larger it will appear when buyers are touring it. Sell or donate pieces you don’t plan to move to your new home, and store large or ugly pieces. You can rent storage pods, fill them yourself and have them delivered to your new home.
  3. Clear out all the clutter. That can be everything from magazines on a side table to the kids’ boots in the hall to your blender on the kitchen counter. The home needs to look sleek and minimalist. Put everything you can away, but don’t overfill closets because prospective buyers will look there, too. Too much stuff and too much clutter can make people want to walk out.
  4. Depersonalize. Your home may reflect your life, but you want new people to visualize it as their home. That means removing all the family photos, trophies, and any political or religious décor items. Strive for a clean slate.
  5. Deep clean your home. Everything needs to be cleaned thoroughly, inside and out. You’ll want to clean out closets, wash all the windows and have the carpets cleaned. The less you have in your closets the bigger they will appear.
  6. Update and freshen your décor. Many of today’s home sellers are baby boomers, while the buyers are millennials, making them essentially a generation younger. Wallpaper, salmon-colored décor and heavy drapes all appear dated to the younger generation, which prefers minimalist and modern. An easy fix is putting brighter light bulbs in all your fixtures to create more light.
  7. Focus on curb appeal. Most buyers drive by before they ever ask to come inside. It’s time to trim trees, clean gutters, clear out dead landscaping and add new sod and flowers. Consider resurfacing your driveway, getting a new mailbox and numbers and painting your front door. This is the time to make your First Impression. Make sure your home is lighted at night in case prospective buyers drive by after work.
  8. Repaint in neutral colors. Builder white and beige look dated, with warm neutrals such as soft gray or pale taupe preferred.If your home is already painted in neutral colors, consider a fresh coat of paint.