Great news for home sellers; flowers are starting to bloom and signs of spring are finally in the air in the Greater Richmond area! With temperatures rising the local housing market appears to be doing the same. Are you ready to toss your hat in the real estate ring? Here are a few tips to help you prepare your home for the bustling spring market:
Find a REALTOR®: Not only will choosing the right agent impact how quickly your home sells, but choosing your agent before you’re ready to list will help you know to focus on to make your home as marketable as possible.
Spring Clean: May as well kill two birds with one stone! It may sound crazy to start packing before you’ve even sold your home, but since it will have to be done anyway, so you might as well start getting rid of the extra clutter now. Removing clutter will make your house appear larger and more inviting to potential homebuyers, and when that contract gets signed you’ll already be ahead of the game!
Make needed improvements to your home: Fresh paint, updated lighting, fixtures and door knobs make a huge difference in the appeal of your home. Find out what changes your REALTOR® suggests and go from there. Make sure that all light bulbs are working and that everything is clean and organized to give the best impression of your home.
Curb Appeal: First impressions matter! You don’t need to rush out and hire a professional landscaper, but making sure your yard is sending the right message is vital to improving your odds of selling. Make sure leaves are raked, weeds are pulled and the driveway is clean. Power wash the front of the house if possible and repaint or replace the front door if needed. Clear cobwebs and dirt from the porch and make sure all of exterior light bulbs are working.