After the long winter we have just experienced we now finally have some nice weather and some time off for Spring Break !! So what does that mean?? If you are thinking about selling now is the perfect time to Spring Clean and get your home sparkling again!
Here are some tip to get your home squeaky clean and sparkling again!
#1- Check your gutters and downspouts - After the heavy snow we just experienced there is a good chance your gutters and downspouts need some attention. DO a perimeter check form the ground to make sure nothing has come lose or detached from the house. Check for any clogs. While you are at this you want to check the Chimney and the shingles on your roof to make sure there is no damage.
You can also hire a roofing company to come and get your home ready for spring.
#2) Pressure wash the exterior, concrete and patios . Pressure washing can be a messy job—and dangerous if it isn’t done correctly—so it’s important to take the time to adequately prepare. Here are the safety tips I followed as a beginner:
# 3) Fix Cracks that may have occurred in your foundation, walkways, and patio during the winter months are a welcome sign for water to get in your house and cause damage. Fill these as soon as you can and avoid paying for repairs after the spring rain.
Also make sure your patio and walkways are sloping away from your house so water does not pool near your foundation.
#4) Caulk, repair and wash windows
Just like cracks, gaps between your windows can let water (and critters) inside. Scrape off any old caulking and replace. Also check any wood trim or sills for signs of decay and repair or replace as needed. As a bonus this will also help keep drafts out and your energy bills down.
#5) Move wood, junk away from your house
That stack of firewood you had up against the house all winter needs to be moved. It’s damp and will be the perfect breeding ground for a variety of insects.
Same goes for any junk you left out all winter that could have water accumulate when all the ice and snow melts. Have bugs breed now and you’ll be bothered by them until next winter.
#6) Inspect your air conditioning unit, outdoor faucets, lights
Having your air conditioning unit inspected by a certified professional before turning it on for the season is not only a good safety measure, but could also help prolong the life of the unit.
It’s also wise to make sure your outdoor faucets, receptacles, and lighting and not damaged. If you have a gas barbeque you did not use over the frigid months you should have that inspected as well.
#7) Clean up the gardens and refresh the lawn Improve your landscaping. Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home's lawn is immaculate. ...
#8). Get ready to paint the wood trim or the fence.
#9) Take down the Christmas lights.
#10 ) Stage the outside patio space with furniture, out door string lights, bright coloured umbrellas , outdoor cushions and rugs, out door fire pitt, planter boxes,
# 1) Declutter, Declutter, Declutter:
When it comes to getting your house ready to show, less is more. Clutter can make a space look smaller than it actually is and messy. Potential buyers might worry there may not be enough room for their belongings if your house is overflowing with stuff.
Take the time to go through each room in your home and remove unnecessary objects and furniture. Buyers are curious and virtually no area of your home is off limits, therefore it’s important to make sure every inch of it is presentable. Keep surfaces empty, organize all closets, and clear out the “junk drawer.” Sell the excess to make some extra money, donate it to a homeless shelter, or rent a storage space.
#2) Let the Sun Shine In – Open up all windows, blinds and coverings. Wash windows and blinds inside out Clean, Clean, Clean:
Give your house a major spring cleaning from top to bottom! Go through each room in your home and make sure every inch of it is spotless - even the closets and under the beds.
Bathrooms and kitchens are usually the main focus, they need to be flawless. Buyer’s will most likely open every door, drawer and cupboard they see - nothing is off limits.
Get rid of unnecessary items. Keep things simple, organized, and most importantly presentable. Give carpets a good cleaning/shampoo.
The cleaner a space looks the more appealing it will be to potential buyers, making it feel like this could be their home. Consider hiring a professional cleaning company to stop by every couple of weeks if you don’t have the time to do it yourself, or if you’ve already moved out.
#3) Paint Neutral Colours:
Red might be your favourite colour, but it could be a potential buyer’s least favourite and could scare them away. Neutral colours are typically a safer choice to go with; it’s commonly known that less people dislike neutral colours.
It’s easier for buyers to imagine what the walls would look like with their preferred colours when painted in softer tones. Another benefit is lighter, more neutral colours will make a smaller space seem bigger, visually adding more square footage to your home.
#4) Add fresh Crisp Whites- Use white linens, Bedding, Pillows white towels in the bathroom
#5.) Make Minor Renovations:
Is your home outdated or has it seen better days? Small, inexpensive repairs can have a huge effect on how quick your home will sell and for how much.
Change old-fashioned light fixtures, get new hardware for your kitchen cupboards, update plumbing fixtures throughout. These and many more are all easy fixes most homeowners can do themselves.
Go over your home and make sure everything is working properly. Replace any burned-out lightbulbs and fix any loose handles.
Buyers can be pretty fussy, don’t give them something to complain about. Ensure that anything buyers come in contact with is functional and up to date. Ask a friend for input, sometimes an “outsiders” opinion can help point out things you may not have noticed.
#6 ) Stage Your Rooms:
Real estate experts recommend you stage your rooms, arranging them in ways that highlight their best features. Decluttering and cleaning isn’t the only part of staging; you want to define the purpose of each space and make it visually stimulating for buyers.
Buy fresh flowers, get new hotel-like sheets for your bed, pick up new towels for the bathroom, and some fresh pillows for the sofa and chairs. These are simple staging tips that can help your home look its best and make buyers feel “at home”.
Arrange furniture so that it’s easy for buyers to distinguish what the room is used for. That extra bedroom you were using as a craft room should be turned back into a bedroom, letting the buyer envision how they would use the space.
#7 ) Depersonalize:
Potential buyers aren’t interested in seeing your family portraits or your collection of porcelain dolls. Buyers can’t envision themselves living there if all of your personal belongings are staring back at them.
Try to make your house a blank slate as much as possible. Put away knick knacks, private family photos, bold artwork - anything that will take the buyer's focus away from the space itself. Keep things simple and neutral, enhancing your house’s architectural features, not your stuff.
Disassociate yourself, this is no longer your “home”, it is now an asset for sale. If you want to get top dollar, it’s crucial that you’re willing and open to do whatever it takes, even if that means packing away favourite items.
The thought of selling your house may sound a bit daunting, but with a bit of work and an open mind, you can really increase the chances of a quick sale. The better condition your home is in the more buyers will be willing to pay top dollar for it. The use of a Realtor can also be beneficial since they know a network of people which could open the door to more potential buyers.
Ultimately it’s up to you how much or how little you’re willing to put in to your home before you put it on the market. Keep your end goal in mind, do as much as you can, and before you know it, you'll be hanging a sold sign in your yard. Best of luck, and here's to a quick (and profitable) sale!