It's no secret that the spring real estate market is a hot one. For buyers, inventory is usually higher, meaning more selection, the snow has melted and it's easier to see decks, foundation, backyards, etc. and you can ensure that you'll be in your new home in time for the summer months. For sellers, listing your home in the spring means more traffic, nicer curb appeal and a greater chance of getting full asking price.
Even though homes move quickly during the spring real estate market, sellers will still need to take measures to ensure that their home is desirable to buyers. Remember, more inventory for buyers means more competition for sellers! You will need to not just attract potential buyers, but also make them want to stay in your home – permanently. Here are some things you can do at home to make sure your home is making a great first impression during the busy spring season:
The first thing to tackle is your home's exterior. Spruce up your curb appeal by raking your lawn, cleaning up flowerbeds, trimming bushes and trees, storing yard tools, kids' toys, garbage bins and anything else that might be lying around. If your asphalt driveway is showing signs of wear, have it sealed. Take a look at the trim around your windows and on your front door and garage doors. Is the paint peeling and flaking off? If so, it's a wise investment to repaint these areas. It will make your home look revitalized and buyers will see that it's well cared for before they even step through the front door.
Inside, clean, clean, clean. Your home should be spotless before each and every showing and open house. Also be sure to pack away photos, knick-knacks and personal items, de-cluttering and de-personalizing the space. If there are numerous holes and scratches on the walls, consider a fresh paint job to really wow buyers, sticking with a neutral colour palette.
Buyers should also do their homework to make the most of the spring real estate season. Spend some time driving through neighbourhoods so you know exactly where to zero in on your home search. Review your finances, decide on a budget and get pre-approved so that you are in the best position possible when it comes time to make an offer. Finally, take advantage of your realtor's wealth of experience and knowledge…ask lots of questions about the home itself and the process of purchasing so that there are no surprises.