Spring is the busiest and best season to sell a home! While a great home can sell any time of year, homeowners might find the buyers’ pool is strongest in spring and the beginning of summer. The reasons for that range from parents wanting their children out of school before they relocate to buyers wanting to move when the weather is most accommodating.
Because spring is such a popular time to sell a home, homeowners who want to put their homes on the market should use this time to prepare their homes for the prying eyes of prospective buyers. The following tips can help homeowners during the pre-selling preparation process.
- Address the exterior of the home.
Winter can be harsh on a home’s exterior, so as winter winds down, sellers should tackle anything that might negatively affect their homes’ curb appeal. A study of homes in Greenville, S.C., from researchers at Clemson University found that the value of homes with landscapes that had been upgraded from “good” to “excellent” increased by 6 to 7 percent. If it’s in the budget, hire professional landscapers to fix any problematic landscaping and address any issues that came up during the winter. Homeowners with green thumbs can tackle such projects on their own, but hiring professionals is akin to staging inside the home.
- Conquer interior clutter.
Clutter has a way of accumulating over the winter, when people tend to spend more time indoors than they do throughout the rest of the year. Homeowners who want to put their homes on the market in spring should start clearing any clutter out in winter, or even try to prevent its accumulation. Just like buyers are impressed by curb appeal, they are turned off by clutter. Buyers, like appraisers, see cluttered homes as less valuable. In addition, a home full of clutter might give buyers the impression, true or not, that the home was not well maintained.
- Eliminate odors.
A home’s inhabitants grow accustomed to odors that might be circulating throughout the house. Pet odor, for instance, might not be as strong to a home’s residents as it is to guests and prospective buyers. Because windows tend to stay closed throughout the winter, interior odors can be even stronger come late-winter than they are during the rest of the year. A thorough cleaning of the house, including vacuuming and removal of any pet hair that accumulated over the winter, can help to remove odor. In the weeks leading up to the open house, bathe pets more frequently, using a shampoo that promotes healthy skin so pet dander is not as prevalent. Open windows when the weather allows so more fresh air comes into the home.
Remember, spring is a popular time to sell a home because as the weather gets warmer, buyers are more willing to go out and explore. Fresh cut flowers, a clean welcome mat, and a well-manicured lawn will make the best first impression!