Maximizing Your Curb Appeal in the Springtime

    Spring is one of the most popular times to list a home for sale. Most people want to either buy or sell in the spring so that they can move during the summer when kids are out of school. If you are trying to sell your home this spring, it is essential to maximize its curb appeal. The better your home looks from the street, the more likely you are to attract a serious buyer.

    How can I improve the look of my yard?

    Keep the grass cut- No matter what kind of market you are in, a well-kept yard is step one. Poorly maintained yards can lead potential buyers to suspect that there may be other neglected areas in the home. Spruce up the landscaping by removing dead branches and leaves from the yard and pull obnoxious weeds from the gardens. These are simple tasks that make a big difference to the first impression. 

    Brighten the look- It’s amazing how a few fresh flowers or shrubs can liven up the look of a home. Consider adding plants to the front of your home if it doesn’t currently have any. Also look for any areas where the paint needs a touch-up, or consider repainting entirely. 

    Fix whatever is broken- Look around for any areas in which your light fixtures, window panes, fence posts, gutter or other features may be broken. These are eyesores that will catch the attention of potential buyers. Don’t give them a reason to pick a different property over yours. In most cases, these are easy and inexpensive ways to boost curb appeal.

    Consider improvements- Depending on how hot the market is in your area, your listing agent might recommend a few improvements to the exterior of your home. These improvements will also vary depending on the listing price of your home.

    In hot or upscale markets, everything should look perfect. From landscaping and lighting to shrubs and sidewalks, make sure nothing will be an eyesore or turnoff to eager buyers. Improvements might include replacing a cracked sidewalk with new concrete or elegant stepping stones. In a hot market, the details can mean a quick sale.

    For homes in slower markets or that are being offered at lower listing prices, sellers may look for inexpensive alternatives. Power washing the home, tidying the lawn, perhaps adding some fresh flowers for color and some paint touch-ups would be helpful to present the home in a clean and appealing manner.

    How can I make my home look great?

    Curb appeal definitely gets the attention of potential buyers immediately and makes them look forward to seeing more of the property. However, a messy interior can quickly undo the positive first impression they had outside. These quick and easy steps can help to ensure that your buyers are as excited about the inside of the home as they are the outside:

    Declutter-This is essential to helping potential buyers and agents feel at home through the showing process. Get rid of unnecessary items that can be a distraction from the layout of your space. Put extra personal items away out of sight in storage and make sure to not leave anything lying on the floor. 

    Spring clean- Consider this a great time to go through and do some spring cleaning. Make sure carpets have been either shampooed or vacuumed, drapes have been washed, blinds have been dusted, and that the baseboards have been wiped down. The cleaner your home is, the more comfortable buyers will be and the more likely they will be to see themselves living there. Also consider fixing scuffs in the paint, cracks in the walls, etc. This doesn’t cost anything, takes only a little time, and can make a big difference in the buyer’s impression. 

    Tips for selling in the springtime

    Spring is a great time to sell. It’s also highly competitive as others are trying to sell their home. Along with boosting the curb appeal and cleanliness of your home, consider the following ways you can improve your chances of finding the right buyer.

    Be proactive- In hot markets, it may be wise to hire a home inspector to do a walk through to make a list of things that should be fixed before selling. If things are fixed before a buyer makes an offer, there will be fewer reasons for a sale to fall through. Making sure everything is ready to go will also ease the buyer’s mind that they are getting a well-maintained property.

    Be ready-Instead of rushing around to try and clean your home before every showing, try maintaining a level of tidiness until your home is under contract. It will make it easier to adapt your schedule when a last-minute showing is requested. Instead of having to rush home to spiff up, a clean home will give you peace of mind that it is ready to show.

    Consider your buyer-Although you may love the orange colors that are splashed on the walls of your living room, potential buyers may not be equally enthused. If you see a few things that may benefit from neutral colors, or a slight rearrangement, consider changing it for a better showing.

    Find a trusted agent-Make sure to sit down with your listing agent and go over the details of your home, the better they understand the features and property, the easier it will be for them to find a matching buyer.

    When in doubt, you can place your trust in the experienced agents here at Crager Tobin Realty. We are here to help with all of your buying and selling needs this springtime.

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