Spring market: getting your home ready for the selling season

The first day of spring is just a few short weeks away (hard to believe). The real estate market generally heats up during spring months, and luckily for home sellers, the spring season offers unique opportunities to up curb appeal and the overall appearance of your home.

If you are planning to list your home soon, here are some tips to get ready and what to expect.

Take advantage of first impressions

Potential homebuyers need to be able to picture themselves living in your home. Having said that, first impressions are very important, so be sure that the exterior of your home looks as appealing and well-kept as possible. Using the spring gardening (and beautiful colours) to your advantage is smart. The presence of colour and greenery outside of your home will up your curb appeal (and resale value). In addition, bring some of those spring colours inside the home too. Fresh flowers in your home is a small touch that can make an impact when potential buyers are touring your home in an open house or showing.

Here’s a checklist you may find helpful. Walk around your house and check the following:

  • Your yard is clutter-free
  • Driveway and/or walkway is free of cracks or uneven spaces
  • The lawn is well-maintained and free of bald/discoloured spots
  • Windows and exterior walls are clean
  • All exterior paint (including the front door) is kept up and not chipping
  • Eaves and downspouts are clean and in working order
  • Decks/patios are clean and clutter-free
  • Ensure all outdoor lighting works
  • Windows/doors are properly caulked
  • Gates (if you have them) are well-oiled

Paint your front door a chic, eye-catching shade, and you’ll have all the passersby stopping to gawk in envy. Choose a color that complements your home; if you need help deciding, pick the shade that’s opposite the color of your house onthe color wheel. [Domaine Home]

We found the above tip along with seven other great ones in this article in Domaine Home: 8 inspiring ways to amp up your curb appeal.

Your REALTOR® can always help you ensure that the exterior of your home has great curb appeal for resale, and can offer you some more tips. If you’re thinking of hiring someone to do the yard work for you,  ask us for a list of our approved vendors.

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