If your efforts to sell your home during the winter or holiday season were unsuccessful, don’t despair. Spring is on the horizon.
But instead of letting your home languish on the market even further, the best idea may be to take it off the market and get it in prime condition for the upcoming rush of spring buyers. According to The Balance, if your home’s days on market really start to add up, it could turn buyers away, as most want to see the freshest possible listings. The experts there offer the following tips to help your home stand out among the competition this spring:
- Make it shine. Springtime means sunshine, so take advantage of all that natural light by making sure your windows and mirrors are sparkling clean inside and out.
- Focus on yard clean-up. Rake any leftover leaves, trim bushes, remove dead branches and cut back any vegetation that’s blocking pathways, doors and windows. You want your yard and home to feel open and accessible.
- Transform the lawn. Don’t just mow in the standard fashion. Get artistic with a diagonal pattern, which tends to make yards look larger. Invest time in edging around garden beds, patios and pathways, as well, for a clean, manicured look.
- Put your spring bulbs to work. Did you know that yellow flowers stimulate buying urges? If you have daffodils and tulips blooming in your yard, transplant them into containers near entryways, or to use as centerpieces on patio furniture.
- Tend to window coverings. Your squeaky clean windows will go to waste if they’re ensconced in dingy, dusty window coverings. Send your drapes to the cleaners and wash or dust blinds. You could also pack heavy curtains away and replace them with simple and airy sheers. Less is more when it comes to windows; the goal is to have your home appear as open and full of light as possible.
- Bring spring indoors. Your springtime yard is full of wonderful options for adding a pop of color and fragrance to your interior décor. Cut a few branches of forsythia, lilacs, or even a flowering crab-apple tree. Gather a romantic bouquet of peonies, or a fragrant arrangement of roses or hyacinths. The possibilities are many, and the effect on buyers powerful, so take advantage of nature’s bounty.