Summer is prime time for prospective home buyers to spend time searching for their next home. If you are considering selling your home this summer, there are several steps to take in order to stand out to potential buyers. The market is primed for sellers, but these conditions may not last long as rising prices may inhibit buyers ready and willing to buy at present. In order to facilitate a quick sale and capture the eyes of buyers the first time they visit your home follow our quick tips below:
Welcome Potential Buyers
It is so important for buyers to arrive at a home that has fantastic curb appeal. You don’t need to live in a large home with an expansive front yard to make this happen. It is simply a process of taking the steps to consult experts, whether they be landscape artists or your local garden nursery, for which plants are both attractive and long-lasting in the southern heat. This will help you in the long run so you don’t have to keep re-planting throughout the summer. Make sure small paint points such as cracks in the driveway, chips in exterior paint and stains from dirt or runoff on the side of the house is taken care of before buyers arrive. Make sure to consider the following tips as well:
- Check your fencing to ensure that it is tight, straight and that the finish or paint is clean.
- If you have a curbside mailbox, make sure it is standing straight and tight on the post. Also, be sure that the house numbers are legible both during the daytime and at night.
- Remember that your draperies, curtains and blinds have back sides exposed to the street. Make sure the “street side” of the drapes are attractive as well.
Let There Be Light!
There is nothing better than walking into a home’s living spaces and they are filled with natural light. Now you can work to change a lot about your home, but nothing beats natural light. It makes spaces appear larger, brighter and all-around easier to live-in. If your home suffers from a lack of natural light you have several options at different budget levels in order to let the light in. For lower budgets simply adding a larger mirror strategically across from a window will usually help tremendously. However, if you have a budget that can handle installing more windows or french doors, then this is a way to add immediate value. French doors are always a fantastic addition to any home, especially if you have a large enough space to place more than one set on a wall.
Next to natural light, storage is another immediate crowd pleaser. In older homes especially storage is oftentimes hard to come by. As a rule of thumb, always assume the more storage the better. Do not take away from important living space, but if you have the room to implement a well-placed closet or better organize your existing ones, please do. And as always the half rule is a good way to go when organizing pre-sale. This rule simply implies that you keep closets, shelves and any other storage space half full, this way they all give off the impression of more space.
From Paint to Purchase
Neutral colors are the way to go. There is simply no other way around it. These tones not only brighten up spaces, but they also look fresh and clean against white trim. Bright whites and greys maximize natural light and provide potential buyers with a canvas to make the home all their own.
For more information about selling your home this summer, please do not hesitate to contact us. We also have a very helpful infographic filled with how to avoid the biggest seller mistakes, a pre-sale checklist and which renovations provide the highest returns. Download this page below: