Now that we’re in the final days of winter and the countdown is on for Spring, you may be thinking about selling, or getting ready to get in the market. Selling your home in the spring market is considered one of the best times to make the change. It’s a time of renewal and with warmer, longer and brighter days ahead, many folks want to put their properties up for sale and start fresh, as are buyers who are looking to start new. To get your current property in the best condition for spring open houses and showings, here are a few tips to help you get started.
A change of colours
Just like the fall, spring brings its own selection of colours. In the spring, we tend to be attracted to bright, light and airy colours. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way to brighten up a space that has been dark and felt heavy or “woody” during the winter. You might find yourself yearning for a softer shade of grey or even a muted tone of salmon to brighten things up. Soft pale yellows or aqua blues are also a favourite to brighten and lighten up any room that might not have the cheery sunshine beaming through a nearby window.
Whether you get the spring-cleaning bug yourself, or you hire a professional service, cleaning a home top-to-bottom will go a long way towards prepping your home for sale. It can be a daunting task to tackle your property, but if you set goals that are attainable, one or two rooms a day perhaps, you will find your energy lasts longer, and you’ll do a more thorough job. If you opt for the professional residential cleaner route, they can charge either by the hour or by the job, depending on what their policy is. If you want a deep clean, it’s best to let the company know upfront what exactly you are looking for them to tackle, (ceilings, inside of cupboards, cutlery drawers, oven, etc.). Windows especially need to be cleaned inside and out after the long cold winter. Area rugs and drapery tend to need an airing out or dry cleaning. Don’t forget that soft surfaces in your home tend to hold onto odours so if you can hang something outside in the fresh air, do it. If it’s something that can’t be moved, you can always purchase a fabric refresher for those larger, more permanent items.
Evict the clutter bug
A funny thing about winter, it tends to make us feel and think “heavy”. Big winter blankets on the bed, heavy woolen throws on the sofas, special room-darkening curtains, skis and skiing gear, heavy black winter coats, boots, and gloves everywhere…it just seems to happen! One of the easiest things you can do to lighten the feel of your home is to put away the winter gear. Take down the dark curtains and bring out lighter, more sheer draperies. Switch out the heavy blankets at the foot of the bed to light textured throws or put them away altogether. Roll up those additional rug runners and mats that are all around the house protecting floors from snow, salt and sand. Seeing your tiles or hardwood once again is an immediate mood lifter! Finally, say goodbye to the hats, coats, scarves, gloves and those big heavy boots at the doors! Nothing feels better than walking into a home to find that the foyer is open and clear.
Bring in a little nature
The most wonderful thing about spring is the fact you can now open the windows and screen doors and let the fresh air in! There’s nothing quite like it. Just like the inside of your home, the outside around your property will also need tending to. No matter if you’re an avid gardener or just beginning, getting your lawn and gardens in order will bring immediate changes to your property. Purchasing a few bright annuals or perennials can change the look and feel of your home entrance in a jiffy. Clean up all your gardens, make sure the windows to the basement are free of any debris and spend a few hours cleaning out your gutters. It’s amazing what gets blown around in the fall and then covered with snow! You’ll want to make sure nothing is blocking your pipes or outdoor valves too. You may also do a check of the foundation around your home, are there any new cracks? Taking the time to inspect your property along while adding some greenery and flowers is the fastest way to improve your homes curb appeal.
When in doubt, remember The 3 D’s
Preparing your home for the spring market can be remembered by these 3 simple rules: “De”-clutter, “De”-personalize and “De”-tach.
You need to adjust your thinking to become that of a potential buyer. You may adore your collection of antique dolls, but to a potential buyer, it just looks like clutter. It’s best to put these highly personal items away for the duration while your home is up for sale. Knick-knacks and unnecessary items are dust-collectors and distract the buyers from seeing the overall potential of “them” living in the home.
This is crucial to the overall impression your home is going to make. Huge framed photos of your wedding party above the sofa, or the kids’ photos filling up the wall going up the stairs, although you love them, these items are not what a buyer wants to see. Think of your home as a blank canvas for buyers to work with so they can visualize “their” items around the home instead of yours.
One of the interesting things that can happen when you’re prepared to sell is that you have trouble distancing yourself from your home. Hanging around during showings and telling buyers how Uncle Fred used to throw darts at the wall behind the kitchen door is not going to endear buyers to your home. As you prepare to sell your home, you must also prepare your mindset to match. It can be tough not to think possessively about your home, but you must switch gears if you want it to show well and ultimately sell. That means letting go of your emotional attachments to the house and instead start thinking about what the potential new owner will see/feel as you move through the process.
Whether this is your first time selling or the fifth, all it takes is determination and consistency to get through the “To Do’s”. Spring is a great time of year and making your property look well-cared-for to potential buyers is going to benefit you in the long run. Here at Clairwood Real Estate, we know homes and we know what helps sell them. If you are thinking of buying or selling in Collingwood, Meaford, The Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach or Grey County, connect with one of our experienced, knowledgeable Realtors® at 705-445-7085. We’re here to get that SOLD sign up so you can get on with your next adventure.