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Whether you’re in a buyer’s market or a seller’s market, spring is an optimal time to sell a home in Niagara. During April, May, and June, you’ll find a larger number of buyers searching for their new dream home, especially families who are looking to complete the transaction before the summer months, ensuring that the family is settled in the new home in time to enjoy it with barbecues, pool parties and can get settled before school starts.
So how can you get your single family detached home ready for sale in Niagara? It isn’t enough to just list it, after all it’s the most competitive time of the year! You need to make your home stand out. Here are some tips to help sell your home this spring.
Win the first impression
Statistics have shown that buyers can and will make their decision about whether they will consider purchasing a home within 60 seconds of seeing it. First impressions are key. Take advantage of the beauty of spring and increase your curb appeal. Ensure that your lawn is mowed and weeds are pulled. Plant some bright flowers in the garden and showcase your home before the buyer steps foot inside.
Don’t underestimate what a buyer will look for
What may seem small and insignificant to you may be the aspect that becomes “make or break” for a buyer. Remove bushes or branches that may be obstructing the view of your home and give your driveway, walkway, decks and patios, and eaves a pressure washing to clear away any remnants and memories of winter.
Remove the clutter from your home
Whether inside or outside, a potential buyer doesn’t want to see your clutter. Start going through your belongings to reduce what you have in your home. You want to showcase the elements of your home, not have them hidden underneath all your possessions. Create three piles: what you want to keep, what you want to keep but don’t need immediate access to and what can be thrown out. This is also a great way to start getting organized for your move; as you separate piles start packing!
Make your house sparkle
Take advantage of the sunlight by using it to increase the beauty of your interior. It’s pretty amazing what a good dusting and polishing can do to your home when the sun shines in. Add a fresh coat of paint and you’ve created a great impression for the potential buyers coming through your home. Before you leave your home for a showing, open all the curtains and blinds to let the sun in and crack some windows to freshen up your home.
Eliminate any problems
If you know there is something broken in your home, make sure you fix it before your house goes on the market. Warmer weather gives you the opportunity to make all necessary repairs. Make repairs before a home inspection, as it is generally cheaper to fix things before rather than after. Many buyers are looking for homes that are “move-in ready” so the fewer things they see that need fixing, the better.
Separate yourself from your house — it’s no longer your home, it’s a commodity you are selling. Take a step back and examine it as though you were looking to purchase it. If your agent took you to this house, would you get out of the car to have a look? Carefully examine each room and make sure buyers aren’t going to remember your home for all the wrong reasons. The right buyer is out there and by preparing your home, you’ll be able to find them and sell your home with no problem at all.