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How to Prepare Your House for Sale in the Spring

Springtime is right around the corner, which means that the home buying season will soon be in full force. But what if you’re planning to sell your residence over the next few months? Whether you’re moving into a larger place or downsizing, you want to wow buyers with your current home.

Here are some ways you can make your home stand out from others on the market.

Spruce up your landscaping

A good first impression with buyers starts with a well-maintained yard. That’s why we suggest having an immaculate lawn during April, May, and June. It’s also worth pruning any bushes and weeding the garden.  

Apply a fresh coat of paint

It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for a home’s appearance. While you might feel comfortable handling the project yourself, it may be best to hire a professional instead. An experienced painter will have the necessary materials and get the job done right the first time.

Curious about how much it costs to paint your home’s interior and exterior? Do some research and see if it makes sense to outsource this task. A sloppy paint job can leave buyers with a bad impression, so don’t trust just anyone. 

Perform repairs

With improved landscaping and a new coat of paint, the outside of your residence is ready to welcome buyers. Now it’s time to focus on the inside. Take a walk through every room of the house and note what has to be fixed. This could include “small things” such as a faulty light switch or chipped cabinet.

The reality, though, is that you’re also going to find major defects around your house. Be on the lookout for dripping faucets, broken windows, and foundation issues. Unless you choose to sell your place “as is,” you must take care of these repairs.

Transform the front door

Think of the front door as an extension of your landscaping. If it’s clean and elegant, a front door will resonate with prospective buyers. An uninviting entryway, on the other hand, steers visitors away from your home. Something as simple as replacing faded house numbers makes a noticeable difference.

Let in natural light

Today’s home buyers love natural light. Take some time before the first open house and figure out how you’re going to lighten up certain rooms. Perhaps this just involves raising a shade or opening a curtain.

Get rid of outdated decor and fixtures

Let’s say you’re selling a home that’s filled with ‘80s design trends. Sure, you may have grown fond of the wall-to-wall shag carpeting and etched glass shower doors. But do you really think that buyers in 2020 will share your appreciation? Probably not, which is why we recommend updating fixtures and decor to reflect modern styles.

Be smart with renovations

Many sellers make the mistake of taking on multiple expensive renovations before listing their home. Keep in mind that with any remodel, you’re only going to recoup a fraction of the cost. So stick with small, budget-friendly projects that enhance the overall appearance of your home.

Clean all floors

There are few things that buyers pay more attention to than a home’s flooring. Block out a weekend and make your floors look spectacular, whether you have hardwood, vinyl, or linoleum. Then do the same thing with any carpeted areas in the house.

Depersonalize and remove clutter

This can be a challenge for those in the process of selling their home. Amidst all the cleaning and repair work, it’s easy to forget about removing personal belongings. Remember that buyers want to envision their furniture and possessions in your home — not yours.

Eliminate bad odors

What’s worse than touring a dirty, unkempt home? We would argue walking into a home and immediately noticing a funky odor. Do your visitors a favor and fill your residence with inviting smells by lighting a few candles and baking cookies. One more tip here: avoid going overboard with scented sprays.

Set out treats

Speaking of cookies, you only help your case by providing visitors with snacks. Doing so gives buyers a chance to spend more time in your kitchen and ask you additional questions about the house. Opt for bottled water if you insist on having a drink available for guests.

The perfect time to sell your house

Ready to reap the benefits of the hot Denver housing market? American Home Agents makes the selling process simple and stress-free. You can even check out your home’s worth on our website.

Contact American Home Agents at (303) 695-5900. 

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