As the snow melts and flowers start to bloom, buyers come out of hibernation and start hunting for their perfect home. For this reason, year after year, spring is regarded by real estate professionals to be one of the best seasons to sell a home in many markets. But what should you be aware of if you are going to try to sell in spring? Here are a few seasonal home selling tips to keep in mind as you prepare for that all-important sale
.What Does a Spring Home Sale Look Like?
Jump into spring, but watch the market
As you work with your agent to list your home, you’ll want to be aware of the market, so you know what you will be up against. Currently, the median home value in Denver County is $456,079 according to Zillow, and the site predicts that prices will rise 3.6% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in Denver County is $465,000 while the median price of homes that sold is $435,700. Spring could be fruitful, but you also may want to wait until the end of the season.
Get ready for the competition
Because spring is the most popular season to sell, there will likely be more buyers available than in other seasons, but that also means the competition will be higher to attract them, with more homes on the market. If you are heading into a spring sale, then be prepared to get your home in shape to stand out.
Professional real estate agents recommend that sellers declutter and deep clean the inside of their homes before putting them on the market. This advice stands for selling a home any time of year, and in spring — as your home and yard see the sun again — you’ll want to pay attention to the outside, too. That means power washing windows, the outside of your home, and your driveway, and cleaning out the gutters.
Fix it up
Regular maintenance and upkeep is a necessary part of getting your home ready for the market, and there are a few projects that are more likely to come up in the spring. You probably haven’t used your air conditioning unit in several months, and that means it’s time to make sure that it is still functioning. Your roof, however, is the opposite, has it survived its winter battle with the elements? Before you start inviting potential buyers over to assess and scrutinize your home, have a home inspector thoroughly assess it to make sure you don’t have any major repair issues.
A potential buyer is likely to decide if they are interested in your home as soon as they walk toward the front door, and addressing your home’s “curb appeal” can be what convinces them to move from the curb to the inside. You don’t have to spend a fortune on landscaping to take your home’s curb appeal up a notch. Maintaining what you already have — like mowing the grass, cutting back trees and hedges, and repairing broken walkways — can be one place to start. For extra color, you can take advantage of the season and add planter boxes to the entryway as one of the simplest spring home selling tips that can lead to a big payoff.
Spring can be a fruitful time to sell a home and if you keep these tips in mind you will be on your way to going from “for sale” to “sold.”