Putting off the sale of your home until the spring? Even though there is a large number of people shopping for homes during the winter, experts predict that the spring market will be even more successful.
You still have some time left to finish at least one of the more time-consuming projects, despite the fact that spring is just around the corner. Let’s put that weekend-long Netflix binge on hold and get started on some housework instead.
Set the stage
The cost of staging a home for sale can run up quite high, but it is not required to do so. The first thing that has to be done when staging a home is to thoroughly clean every room.
The next step is to examine every space and check that it effectively conveys its function. Bedrooms should look like bedrooms and not bedroom-gym hybrids. The same thinking should be applied to living rooms: There will be no combination of the living room and children’s playroom.
When you make an attempt to use a room for more than one function, your house gives off the impression that it is cluttered and claustrophobic. You absolutely do not want the impression that “There is not enough room” to be left with potential buyers after viewing your property.
Curb Appeal Is What Gets Them Out Of The Car
Give the landscaping a good clean-up, mow the lawn if the weather permits, and consider fresh mulch for all of the beds.
Then, get busy planting. If you want spring color from bulbs you probably should’ve planted them in September. This doesn’t mean your landscaping will lack color. Head out to the nursery and look for the following plants:
Helleborus–Plants in this genus bloom in very early spring and sometimes even in February. Don’t try to start them from seed if you’re seeking instant curb appeal; they may take years to develop enough to bloom.
Rhododendron–Get those buyers out of the car and into the front door by wowing them with two outstanding plants in the Rhododendron genus: ‘Stewartstonian’ or ‘Golden Oriole azaleas. The former blooms in show-stopping red while the latter is a more subtle yellow.
Is That A Garage Or An Oversized Junk Drawer?
“Real estate men report that the first question asked by the prospective buyer is about the garage,” says the folks at blueskybuilders.com, citing “… a writer in the Atlantic Monthly in 1925.” “Real estate men claim that the first inquiry asked by the prospective buyer is about the garage.”
“The house that does not have a garage is a difficult residence to sell.”
In many parts of the country, it is nearly unheard of to find a house that does not have a garage or at least a carport in the present day. Buyers in these regions expect a place to store their cars (and all the other miscellaneous stuff they can’t find another place for).
The length of time it will take you to declutter the garage will depend on whether or not it is as chaotic as the catch-all drawer in the kitchen or whether it is more manageable.
The important thing is to get cracking on giving buyers the impression that not only can they park their cars in this garage, but it has plenty of storage as well.
Hang the gardening tools, store the smaller stuff in containers, and look into options for storing things higher up.
Taking things one project at a time will result in you becoming the proud owner of the most desirable property on the spring real estate market before you know it.