Spring is just around the corner and many homeowners will be listing their homes for sale as the slower winter selling season comes to an end. Spring tends to be the busiest time of year for homes being listed for sale, and homeowners are usually able to sell their homes quickly and for a higher asking price than they would have been able to during other times of the year. But with so many options available during the Spring, the home selling market can be competitive. So, we have put together a few tips to help you prepare your home to stand out and sell during this busy Spring home buying season.
Why is Spring the best time of year to sell your home?
Most homeowners want to make sure they are selling their home at the most optimal time that is feasible for their lifestyle and schedule. When it makes sense to your family’s lifestyle and schedule, Spring is hands down always the best time of year to list your home for sale. The reason for this is all about weather and timing. The spring home buying season follows right after the slow Winter buying season. Winter is always the slowest time of year for homebuying because weather is cold and uncomfortable, and people are busy with the holidays and their families – they simply can’t be bothered with trying to find a home to buy and then make a move during this time of year. The Spring home buying season tends to offer the best weather which encourages more homebuyers to look for a home and enhances the curb appeal to your home. Spring also requires the least amount of home maintenance when compared to other seasons, especially in Florida. The only problem that you may have with selling your home in the Spring is the increased amount of competition with other homes listed for sale. Here is how to make your home stand out and beat the competition this Spring home buying season:
Prepare your home to be listed now
The first thing you can do to improve your odds of standing out against the fierce competition of homes being listed for sale in the Spring is to begin preparing your home for sale now. Listing a home for sale is not as easy as saying you are ready to list and then putting a sign out in the yard and adding it to the MLS. You will need time to make sure your home is fully prepared to be listed and to ensure you have found a reliable realtor to help you list and market your home so you can get the most out of your asking price.
Complete minor renovations to help your home stand out from the competition
Every home always has a few minor renovations that can be done to help prepare it to be sold and to get the most money out of it, and now is the time to determine which minor renovations need to be made and get them done. There are many easy and cost-effective improvements you can make to your home that will help you get the most money when you sell such as decluttering the home, depersonalizing your home, and thoroughly cleaning the home. The less mess and clutter that is in your home, the easier it will be for potential homebuyers to envision themselves living in the home, which should increase the number of offers you receive and drive the selling price up. You can also improve the curb appeal of your home by preparing your home’s landscaping now for the beautiful Spring months. A home with great curb appeal will stand out to homebuyers and will bring more of them in, which in turn will help you beat out the competition. Many minor renovations can have a huge impact on your home selling.
Finish up any major renovations that have not been completed already
If you are planning on selling your home in the Spring and haven’t already begun any major renovations you need to do, such as the kitchen or bathroom, you are already behind. Now is the best time to complete any major renovation projects you have already begun so you can focus on the minor renovations we discussed in our previous tip. We bring up kitchens and bathrooms because these are areas that tend to increase the home’s value the most when it comes to selling a home.
Market your home to stand out from the competition
The final thing you will need to do to prepare your home to sell this Spring is to be prepared to market your home to the public and get more potential homebuyers out to view your home. Work with your realtor to develop a strategic marketing plan for your home that will likely include open houses, professional photos and video walk throughs, and usage of social media. The key to getting the most money out of your home in the busy Spring home buying season is to take advantage of every opportunity to get your home in front of the best potential homebuyer and to stand out from the rest of your competition.