Spring is on the way. You may be thinking of putting your home on the market. Selling your home in the spring doesn’t mean you have to actually wait until spring to prepare your home for a sale. So, I'll tell you where to start when getting your home ready to sell.
1. Natural light can boost a buyer's perception of your home when walking through your home. Let natural light flood the place. I think the best upgrade and way to prepare your home for sale in the spring is to open it up, lighten it up and brighten it up. Think about raising shades and opening curtains to let in natural light.
2. Next, let's renovate what's outdated. So, If you walk through your kitchen or bathroom and it screams the 1980s, then consider updating it before you list. It's important that you know on most renovations, you won't recoup back every dollar you spend. For example, a major kitchen overhaul will cost upwards of twenty thousand dollars, but will only add about 15,000 to your home's value.
To maximize the impact of renovations it's important to think small. Look, you can replace the kitchen cabinets or just replace the doors. Maybe, even repaint the cabinets instead. You can replace the whole tub, or reglaze it to make it look as good as new. If you decide to spend serious money on anything in your home, focus mostly on the exterior of your home. The exterior is the very first impression buyers get of your home and it counts.
3. I love the smell of fresh paint. When I show a home to a buyer with fresh paint, I get excited to see what else that home has to offer. Paint with whites and neutrals. A new coat of paint is a relatively cheap and easy way to improve your house. Generally, the best paint colors to pick are neutrals, whites, and grays. Anything more vivid might appeal to a few buyers but not a wide range.
4. Next, fix anything broken. I recommend getting your home pre-inspected so you know everything that's wrong already. Repairs take time so it's smart to get these things rolling asap. The longer you live in a home the easier it is to stop noticing tiny flaws in your own home. You probably don't notice a loose doorknob or creaky window anymore. Homebuyers will. Be sure to make repairs, particularly to things buyers will notice. After all, any home buyer who makes an offer will likely get your home inspected. So, if there are any issues, they will come to light eventually, and you'll have to fix them anyway. Fix them, so you won't give buyers any wiggle room to negotiate during the inspection period.
5. Lastly, pay attention to odors. The smell of pets, cooked food, and tobacco can kill a home sale. Carpets and throw rugs hold odors. Consider having your carpet professionally cleaned before putting your home up for sale. In the spring, the scent of fresh cut flowers can add a natural fragrance to your home.
These are a few of the best ways to prepare your home for sale in the spring. Remember, Spring is on the way. If you are thinking of putting your home on the market, get prepared. Selling your home in the spring doesn’t mean you have to actually wait until spring to prepare your home for a sale.