We all know what the calendar says, but if the recent sun of sunny days is any indication, Spring may finally be here. While the home buying season hasn’t had a break over the last few years, now is the time when it really starts rolling. What can you do to make your home stand out? Putting up a “For Sale” is obviously a good start, but before you do that, here are a some steps you can take to catch the eye of a potential home buyer for your home.
Curb appeal, first impressions, and putting your best foot forward. Time-tested good advice, or overused cliches? It doesn’t really matter because they’re all true. Winter can wreak havoc on a yard, with wind, rain, snow, and ice. Broken limbs dangling from trees, bare spots in the yard from unraked leaves, and just an overall raggedy appearance of the yard can turn potential buyers away. Much of this can be taken care of in a weekend. Okay, maybe a three-day weekend. Now is a great time to weed and feed your lawn, edge the flowerbeds, and do general cleanup around the yard. Once you’ve addressed the Winter damage, now you can start bringing in the Spring. Planting colorful flowers, spreading mulch, even mowing the yard diagonally can pique the interest of passersby
Now that the outside of your home is pretty, time to tackle the inside. There are few different ways of handling this. If your home has been on the market for weeks or even a month, a lot of the bigger stuff should have already been addressed. With the weather taking a turn for the better, it’s time to let Spring inside. Open some windows, bring the natural light in, and let the smells of the season fill your home. An easy way to do that is by using fragrant, fresh cut flowers. In addition to smelling good, they are also a quick way to add some pops of color.
The lamb is making an appearance now, but be ready when the lion comes back. Spring can be a fickle time for Pacific Northwest weather, so keeping everything clean is a hit and miss proposition. A place for umbrellas and visitors coats near the door will keep the rain at the door and a welcome mat gives people a chance to clean their shoes a bit. If it has been raining, you can also request shoes to be removed. Other than that, just make sure your home is ready for a showing. Beyond the major steps taken to sell a home – removing some of the furniture to allow for more flow, addressing noticeable repairs, and getting a storage unit for all non-essential items – these steps can keep your home looking fresh on the inside and out.