The spring season has always been a great time to sell a home. The clouds are finally starting to part, flowers are blooming, and people are wanting to settle in to their new home before the next school year. But the season alone can’t sell your house. Here are 13 ways to prep your home for selling on the spring market.
1. Add barkdust to your yard and improve overall landscaping.
Mow your lawn, trim the bushes, make sure there are no leaves on the street and tend to your garden. There’s nothing better than fresh flowers in springtime! Spicing up your curb appeal frames your house in an appealing way.
2. Buy a new welcome mat and make the front door inviting.
The front door area serves as a buyer’s first entry point into your home. Let buyers know they are welcome.
3. Pressure wash everything.
Freshening closeby pathways, decks, sidewalks, and your driveway by pressure washing brightens the areas surrounding your home and attracts buyers.
4. Clear your roof and gutters.
Grab a ladder, blow off the roof, and clear out your gutters. It’s not the most fun job but it’s a great way to increase curb appeal and show that your house has been well maintained. It’s easy to let this step fall through the cracks, but cleaning up your exterior is critical for presentation.
5. Neutralize odors.
The first smell to meet a buyer’s nose also forms a lasting impression. Make sure there are no lingering odors throughout your home and spray air neutralizer to freshen things up.
6. Make interior cosmetic updates.
Give your home a fresh coat of paint, attend to worn carpet, and fix any knicks and scratches throughout your home. These small details are things that you are used to, but your buyers will notice.
7. Update light fixtures.
Unless the lights in your home are original period pieces intended to make a statement, replacing light fixtures is an economical way to update your home and truly make things shine.
8. Do a full cleaning of your home.
Vacuum everything, mop your floors, clean bathrooms, wipe down kitchen counters and other surfaces, and make every surface shine. It should sparkle!
9. Remove any and all clutter + depersonalize.
It’s important for potential buyers to be able to picture themselves in a home, and the best way to do that is to strategically place furniture. Buyers want to envision themselves and their own furniture in your home. Paint the walls of your house a neutral color and keep decor simple so you can attract a wide range of buyers. The idea here is for your house to look like a model home.
10. Organize closets and drawers.
Similar to decluttering, you want to make sure that things are organized when buyers look into certain spaces. Consider renting a storage unit for your extra belongings while you are showing your house.
11. Clean the basement.
Believe it or not, people do check your basement. Tidying up and making certain there are no lingering odors is crucial.
12. Make repairs.
Making necessary and noticeable repairs is crucial to the presentation of your home. Attend to major defects like a broken window or missing blinds. These seemingly small defects can be giant roadblocks in the buyer’s eyes.
13. A personal touch goes a long way.
Bake chocolate chip cookies (and maybe some gluten free ones too) before a showing and put out a fresh bouquet of flowers. Your home will be that much more inviting, and everyone loves cookies!
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It’s just about time to file your taxes, so we thought we’d compile a list of home tax deductions you shouldn’t miss! Missing a deduction is like giving up free money, so if you own a home, keep reading. (We’ll also mention some ways the recent tax bill will affect these same deductions next year.) Continue reading “Save Your Money with These Home Tax Deductions!”