Spring has sprung and if you are planning to put your home up for sale, you will be competing against several other homeowners who are thinking that the warmer weather will bring out potential buyers after a long winter. If you want your home to stand out from the rest in this crowded market, you’ll need to have a strategy. Here are some tips to help you make your home exceptional and attract buyers who are ready to make an offer:
Make your Home a Standout, Even in a Crowded Market
- Do a Deep Spring Cleaning
Make sure everything in your home shines, from your countertops to your windows. Clean your floors, carpets and the grout in your bathroom. Little things matter, so be sure that your furnace has a clean filter.
- Spruce up the Exterior of your Home
Does your mailbox look tired? Replace it. You may want to switch out your outdoor light fixture or give your front door a fresh coat of paint. Anything you can do to show pride of ownership will have a real impact.
- Liven up your Landscaping
Trim tree branches and shrubs to make them look neat. Fill out your flower beds as soon as the weather is warm enough to plant flowers. Adding a splash of colour will draw attention to your property and really make it “pop.”
- Get a Home Inspection
Many buyers get a home inspection as part of the process of purchasing a house. Why not get one of your own and find out in advance which areas of the house need attention first?
You can make small repairs on your own and present prospective buyers with estimates for larger repairs that you don’t want to or can’t afford to look after before moving. Buyers tend to over-estimate the cost of making repairs. By presenting them with the realistic cost of taking care of these items, you are giving them a reason “not” to exclude your home when considering making an offer. Being proactive in this manner can really pay off.
- Price your Home Appropriately
Be realistic when determining the asking price. You’ll want to price it close to what it will sell for, rather than pricing it too high and expecting buyers to come in with their best offer and negotiating with you. Your realtor will advise you about selling prices for comparable homes in your neighbourhood, and you can use this as a guide when pricing your home for sale.
As an experienced realtor, I can offer you advice to make your home a standout in today’s crowded market so that you can get the best possible price from buyers. Contact me to schedule a confidential consultation today.