Spring is a busy time in real estate. Research shows this is the best time of year to sell a home as sellers can make the most money and homes are likely to sell quickly during May, June, and July. However, if you truly want your home to stand out, there are several things you can do to impress potential buyers. Here are a few ways that you can prepare your house now to enter the real estate market in the spring.
Make Major Upgrades
Are there items around your house that are old and worn out? For example, are some of your kitchen appliances reaching the end of their lifespan? Have they become an eyesore in your kitchen? Now is a great time to make major upgrades. You can begin looking now for sales to help you save a little money. Plus, you have a little time to do some research and find the right model. A few items you may want to look at and consider replacing include:
- Kitchen appliances (stove, fridge, dishwasher, etc.)
- Water softener
- Light fixtures (both interior and exterior)
- Water heater
When you properly declutter, you make the home appear larger and more spacious. Unfortunately, decluttering your entire house is not something that can be completed in an afternoon. It may take several days as you want to focus on every inch of your home including cupboards, drawers, closets, etc. By starting the process now, you can focus on just one room or one area each day.
Focus on Your Entryway
The entryway is a critical aspect of your home. This is the first impression buyers will receive when they enter your house. You want it to make an instant impression. Boost the appeal of this space by updating your front door with a gallon of paint or by installing a new doorknob. Apply a fresh coat of paint on the walls and add a nice side table with colorful, yet simple, decorations. Also, pay attention to the flooring. If it is outdated or simply old and worn out, now is the time to update it and choose a more timeless design such as hardwood or stone tile.
Do you have a sink that has a slow leak? What about a window with a large crack? These are a few things that home inspectors will notice and potential buyers may request that you fix prior to the closing date. By completing the repairs now, you can shop around for the best rate and find a professional you trust and know will do a good job.
If you are considering selling your Markham home in the spring, contact real estate agent Martin MacFarlane today. He can answer all of your questions and help you through every step of the selling process.