When you ask real estate agents which season is the best for selling a home, chances are good you’ll hear the same thing over and over: spring.
As the weather warms, flowers bloom, and trees burst into new leaf, buyers who’ve been thinking about looking for a new home all winter start looking in earnest. In fact, this seems to be such a reliable trend that according to both data and anecdotal evidence from agents, springtime—between March and the end of May—is cited as the best time of year to sell a home year after year.
So how do you take advantage of this hot selling season to maximize your home sale price, and minimize your days on market? Here are a few tips.
Invest in curb appeal.
One of the most important things to remember when it comes to how to sell your home in spring, according to HomeLight, is to go all in on the curb appeal.
That doesn’t have to mean hiring a landscaper and planting entire new flower beds. Rather, it means keeping your lawn mowed and edged, spreading fresh mulch on any beds, and maybe adding a few flower pots with bright blooms to your porch. It also means making sure your front door and facade are in good shape, with no peeling or faded paint, and that your steps and porch are in good condition.
The goal is to look welcoming, tidy, and well-maintained—not like your home belongs in a design magazine (although if that’s what you’re going for, have at it!).
Open up your home to make it look, smell, and feel clean and fresh.
Springtime is all about freshness and new beginnings, and buyers in this season will respond to lightness and airiness, even more so than they do in other seasons.
If you’ve still got some winter decor out, pack it away and pull out lighter-colored accents—pastel colors, floral designs, and sheer or lightweight fabrics will all highlight the season.
Open up windows and doors before showings to let your home air out. Just make sure you don’t invite any unpleasant smells in from traffic or the weekly garbage truck route! Once it’s aired out, you may also want a diffuser with lavender or lemongrass essential oils to infuse your home with a delicate, pleasant scent.
Make sure you’ve taken care of all seasonal maintenance.
Selling a home is about more than how it looks, of course. Buyers will also want to see that you’ve taken care of your home, and one way to do that is to make sure you’ve handled all your springtime maintenance before you begin showing it.
Cleaning out gutters, changing your A/C filters and checking your HVAC unit, clearing out any leaves from your roof or yard—completing these tasks will give your buyers confidence that your home is well-cared for and less likely to have long-term problems that will pop up after closing.
Spring can be an excellent time of year to sell your home, and by following these few home selling tips, you’ll be on your way to your new home before you know it!
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