No matter where you live in the United States, the spring real estate market is about to heat up! According to TheBalance.com, “The largest number of buyers are actively searching for a new home during April, May and June.” Longer daylight hours and nicer weather bring people out to leisurely tour homes. Some may be on a tight timeline to close on a house and move in right after the school year ends. Whatever the reason, show them how your home can meet their needs. Consider these tips to prepare your house for the spring market.
Spring Real Estate Market
Impress buyers before they set foot in your house. Great curb appeal grabs attention and can set the mood for a positive home tour. Spruce up the yard by planting flowers and trimming bushes and trees. A new mailbox, clean walkways and well-manicured landscaping establish a welcoming tone. Be sure outdoor lighting is in working order in case buyers decide to check out the neighborhood in the evening hours.
As people tour your home, they should notice the house, not your belongings. Declutter and remove personal items to help potential buyers envision themselves living in the space. If possible, have the house staged by a professional. According to a survey by the National Association of Realtors®, 82% of buyers’ agents noted that home staging “made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.”
In preparation of your home inspection, make sure maintenance issues are corrected. Have a professional check your HVAC system and address any plumbing problems. Make sure appliances are in good working order, fix any cracks in drywall and repair or replace roofing if necessary. Everything should be in prime condition to help your house stand out in the competitive spring market.