If you’ve been following this blog for a while you know we are trying to sell our home and move to the Pacific Northwest. Our home is now re-listed with a very motivated realtor. It’s just been back on the market for a few weeks and we’ve had numerous showings! Hopefully we’ll get an offer one of these days. There are many tips to sell your house and I’ve been reading as many as I can!
On last week’s blog hop I featured a post called How To Sell Your House in Less Than a Week. There were many excellent points in the post. In fact the tips for selling your house yielded an excellent result for the sellers, they had an offer on the first weekend!
Spring is the best and the busiest season to sell a home. The buyer’s pool is strongest in the spring and summer. Many folks want to make a move before the school season starts. Most parents don’t want to move when their children are in school. Most buyers want to move when the weather is most accommodating.
Before you put your home on the market here are three tips to sell you home. Following this advice can help you during the preparation process.
- Address the exterior of the home. Here in Vermont winter can be harsh. It’s important to make an effort to address anything that might negatively affect their homes’ curb appeal. If it’s in the budget hire professional landscapers to fix any problematic landscaping or address any issues that arose during the winter. For us it meant renting an electric sweeper and removing all the gravel in the lawn from the plowing!
I will also be planting several large planters we have to add some color. The outside is what the potential buyers will notice first and you want to make a good impression!
- Conquer interior clutter. We spend a lot of time in our house during the winter and as a result the clutter accumulates over the season. We spent the winter months packing away all the family photos, cleaning out our closets and sorting through our numerous books. I have to say our house looks much more open and inviting. We even took one of my reader’s advice and repainted our kitchen from a brick red to white so that all the walls are now the same color. We also took down our curtains, which made the view outside our windows much, more inviting.
- Eliminate Odors. We don’t have any pets currently so this is not an issue. If you do have pets or even if you do a lot of cooking it is a good idea to do a thorough cleaning of the house, including vacuuming and removal of any pet hair that has accumulated. We run a wood stove all winter and it’s amazing the dust that accumulates over the winter. Open the windows on those nice spring days and let the fresh air in.
Spring is a popular and potentially lucrative time to sell a home and if you prepare your home for the market you may reap even greater rewards.