As the calendar turns to March and we emerge from a long winter, there’s quite a bit to get excited about. The weather starts to warm up. St. Patrick pays a visit, we go mad for college basketball, spring training begins, and the clocks “spring forward” by an hour.
There’s also something to look forward to for people thinking of buying or selling a home. March is when people typically start thinking of making touch-ups or looking for an agent to work with, so they can be ready to go in May and June when the market heats up.
If you’re thinking of selling your home this spring – or at any time, for that matter – I’ve put together a list of things to make sure you’ve covered:
- If you’re planning to sell your home through a realtor, check out how effective his/her online marketing is. These days, almost everybody looking for a house starts their search on the internet, and probably won’t make an effort to see a house if they don’t like how it looks in the online listing. Take a look at the listings on your agent’s website and make sure he/she knows how to make a house look appealing to prospective home buyers.
- Don’t underestimate the value of ‘curb appeal.’ As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. In this case that first impression is how your house looks from the street. Spend some time and money on little things that can spruce up your place quickly –colourful flowers, a coat of paint on the garage and front doors, washing the front windows or resurfacing the driveway. It’ll help buyers picture themselves living there before they’re even inside.
- Free up as much space as you can. Storage is high on the list for most buyers, and showing off how much space you have to offer will only make your home look more attractive. Spend some time cleaning out closets, cupboards and basements, and rent a unit off-site for your belongings if needed. It’s worth the trouble.
So if you’re jumping into the market with both feet, good luck! Hopefully these tips can make the experience easier and ultimately more profitable for you.