Are you asking yourself, what should I be doing right now to sell my house? In our experience, there are a few effective steps you can take to help pave the way toward successfully selling your house.
In our little corner of the world, spring doesn’t always arrive on time. But when it does, it’s glorious. It won’t be long before the weather is warm, the flowers are blooming, and the spring real estate market is in full swing!
That’s great news if you’re planning to sell your house. It means buyers are eager to get out and pound the pavement. They’re ready to find the home of their dreams—and your house could be exactly what they’re looking for. But before you attract the attention of potential buyers, you need to make sure your property looks its best.
Without further ado, here are our top five tips for making your house stand out in the spring market…
1) Do a thorough spring cleaning of your house
We have one word for you: declutter. Before you get into any decorating, your living space should feel light and spacious. To achieve this effect, give away, donate, and toss out as much clutter as you can.
Next up, it’s time to scour everything until it shines. We’re not just talking about your kitchen counters and your living room floor. Seek out those nooks and crannies that often go unnoticed—such as the grouting between your shower tiles and the drip pans on your stove.
To ensure that nothing gets missed, it never hurts to bring in a reputable cleaning company!
2) Watch for winter water damage
An Ottawa winter can be hard on a house, and some issues only get worse when the snow melts. Buyers will be on the lookout for water damage when they’re touring your house, and it’s best to spot any potential issues before they do.
Start by looking at your home’s interior. Are there any water stains or discoloured spots on the ceiling? What about cracking or dampness along the walls?
Next, consider getting up on the roof to check for loose shingles or poorly-sealed corners and edges. If you find any, calling in a professional to perform the necessary repairs will almost certainly be worth your while and help you get top dollar for your house.
3) Stage your home for the season
There’s something about the springtime that just makes people happy.
Home staging that includes seasonal accents can help you instill that feeling in every buyer who walks through the door. Botanical colour palettes, airy textiles, fresh-cut flowers—these spring-themed elements can bring the great outdoors inside.
Of course, every house is different, and every staging job will be too. That’s why we always stress the importance of working with a true professional.
When you’re searching for a real estate agent to sell your home, look for someone who has a staging expert on staff.
Ready to put your house on the spring market? We’d love to help! Reach out to learn how we can help you achieve your selling goals.
4) Let the natural light in!
Time and again, we find that houses show better when they’re naturally lit.
That’s why we believe home sellers should take full advantage of the sunshine that comes into their houses at this time of year.
Start by paying special attention to your windows. Are your curtains heavy or outdated? A professional home stager can help you find a window treatment that will complement your house—and let in as much light as possible.
Once potential buyers start touring your house, it’s important to keep your windows clean and free of streaks and dust.
5) Ramp up your curb appeal
In mild weather, buyers who are touring a house will spend more time looking around outside. That’s why we always tell spring sellers not to overlook curb appeal.
Start by surveying your house’s exterior. Is your siding looking a little worse for wear? If so, consider a fresh coat of paint.
Next up, take a close look at your lawn. Is the grass healthy and evenly-cut? Don’t forget about adding decorative elements. Details such as spring flowers, a fresh welcome mat, and prominently-displayed address numbers can sometimes make all the difference!
Are you still asking yourself, what’s the best way to sell my home this spring? The truth is, it all starts with the right real estate professional. For a house sale you’ll be happy with, look for an agent who’s a neighbourhood expert with a track record of success!