Spring is Coming! Prepare yourself AND your home

It’s almost time to come out of hibernation, and dive into the Spring selling season. So, if you’re looking to make an impact on the market this year, now is the time to do it.

Here are some steps to prepare your home now to help you avoid the stress of a last minute rush to market:

1. De-clutter and CleanSpring-Cleaning-WU

 Why not get a jumpstart on the packing process now?

  • Clear out all clutter and remove items you don’t regularly use.
  • Donate items that haven’t been used in the past 12 months.
  • Shred and dispose of paperwork that is no longer needed.
  • Consider a temporary storage facility for bulky pieces of furniture, holiday decor, out of season clothing and any other items you don’t need.

 

2. Paint

While you might love your tangerine walls, there’s a good chance that most buyers won’t. Many buyers want to see a blank canvas where they can inject their own personality. In order to make your home appeal to the largest possible audience, paint your walls in neutral colors in a matt finish.

Don’t forget to repair any nail holes or other damage before painting, and be sure to touch up ceilings and trim as needed.

3. Finish projects & repairs

Spring is the time to complete any home improvement projects you have under way and make any and all necessary repairs to your home.

You’ll most likely find a buyer more quickly and the sale process will be much smoother if everything that needs to be done is taken care of before you lost your property.

If you have additional home improvement projects planned, make sure they can be finished in a short amount of time.

4. Clean or replace flooringJProvey-Installing-prefinishedflooring-bellawoodunderlayment1

Transitioning from Winter to Spring can wreak havoc on flooring. Carpets should be shampooed and treated for stains. Tile and hardwoods should be thoroughly swept and mopped to a shine. Any flooring that is stained, damaged or worn beyond repair should be removed and replaced. Hardwood floors that are scratched or have lost their sheen should be refinished.

5. Create a welcoming entrance

Your front door is the first thing potential buyers will see when they visit your home, so remember to make it inviting. Paint the door if needed, replace any damaged hardware, keep decorations minimal and declutter the entrance area.

6. Stagebefore-and-after-staging

An important part of showing your home, staging can be done yourself or by professionals.

Place furniture to maximize the feelings of space and light in your home, with an eye to how rooms flow into each other.

If your decor isn’t cutting it, you can move your belongings into storage and rent furniture and artwork from a home staging service on a monthly basis.

7. Get your real price

Find out how much you should list your home for by looking at similar properties on www.boiserealestatetitan.com and asking for your agent’s advice.

Take a look at comparable sales and market conditions which will help you determine how much you can expect to sell for in the market this Spring.