Get your Home Ready for a Spring Sale
Spring has sprung and with the change in the seasons comes one of the best times of the year to list your home. If you’ve made the decision to sell, staging is one of the most important strategies to ensure that your home is looking its best both inside and out and make a lasting impression on buyers.
While getting your home ready for the market may seem like a daunting task, the good news is that there are lots of simple low-cost fixes and updates you can do to highlight your home’s strengths and downplay its weaknesses.And most importantly, staging can even help your home sell for more and much faster.
Here are some tips and tricks to get your home ready to sell this spring.
1. Freshen it Up
Staging is all about making a space look warm and inviting. Consider adding some trendy decor pieces for a bit of visual interest, but ensure to balance them with the right amount of neutrals.
- Layer in some trendy decor pieces like throw pillows
- Swap out your kitchen hardware with modern drawer pulls
- Give a room a fresh coat of paint
- Add some greenery with flowers or plants
2. Let in the Light
High on any buyer’s must have list is a bright and light space. Use a combination of both natural and artificial light to show your home in the best light possible.
- Deep clean all windows inside and out
- Wash window coverings like blinds or drapes
- Ensure that all your light fixtures are functioning and dust-free
- Switch any burnt out bulbs
3. Spring Clean
The most cost-effective tip to make your home look great for showings? A good spring clean. So bust out the cleaning supplies and get ready for a healthy bit of elbow grease to make your space look sparkling clean.
- Do a deep clean of all interior spaces from cleaning baseboards, dusting, polishing and more
- Clear up visible clutter and organize papers or miscellaneous items
- Depersonalize your home by removing personal effects like photos
- Open up all the windows and let the fresh air circulate on a warm afternoon
4. Small Repairs
The last thing anyone wants to do before selling is to spend a bunch of money on extensive renovations. That being said, making minor repairs to fix damages or broken items in your home will go a long way.
- Touch up anything that’s visually distracting like chipped paint or holes in the walls
- Fix anything that doesn’t function like a leaky faucet
- Make your bathroom shine by re-grouting the tile on the bathroom floor, or caulking the shower and bathtub
1. Add Curb Appeal
First impressions mean everything, even when it comes to showing your home. Adding some elements to up your home’s curb appeal is a great way to impress potential buyers from the moment they first arrive.
- Plant spring flowers like daffodils or tulips for a pop of colour
- Give your yard a refresh by raking leaves and mowing the lawn
- Weed and turnover any garden spaces or flower beds
2. Make an Entrance
Your entryway should set the tone for your overall home, and above all feel welcoming to guests and potential buyers.
- Add a contemporary doormat or some potted flowers for a bit of personality
- Paint the door an unexpected accent colour like a fire engine red or turquoise blue
- Update door hardware and house numbers to something sleek and modern
- Display seasonal items (sparingly) like a decorative wreath
3. Outdoor Maintenance
The wear and tear of winter season can do a number on the exterior of your home. Get it back in shape by giving it some TLC in the most noticeable areas.
- Clean out your gutters and fix any damaged roof shingles
- Powerwash fences, concrete surfaces or siding
- Seal cracks in the driveway
4. Don’t Forget Exterior Lighting
One thing that’s often overlooked with exteriors is outdoor lighting. A well-lit entranceway can not only make the space look bigger but it’s also an important consideration for safety.
- Install two sconce lights that flank the front door
- Add an overhead light fixture for a sophisticated statement piece
- Place solar lights along walkways