- Why Is Spring the Best Time To Sell a House?
- 12 Spring Real Estate Tips
- Get Your Home Ready for Spring
Selling a House in Spring: 12 Real Estate Tips
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Why Is Spring the Best Time To Sell a House?
If you’re considering selling a house in spring, you may be wondering:
- Why is spring the best time to sell a house?
- Are there any specific spring real estate tips I should be aware of?
- And how do I get my home ready for spring selling?
Keep reading for all of the answers to these questions and many more.
Better Weather for Home Improvements
Better weather is one of the main reasons spring is the ideal time to sell your property. In most U.S. states, spring ushers in milder temperatures and longer, sunnier days, which lend themselves perfectly to almost any pre-listing home improvement job.
April is commonly considered the best month to list your house, which could help ensure a closing just in time for the summer holidays — and with plenty of time for the buyer and their family to settle down in their new home before school starts in the fall.
Only a few people are keen to spend the hot summer days looking for a home to buy, and the same applies to buying a property in the cold and dark of winter. So spring is the perfect in-between season to attract buyers and sell your property more quickly.
This is especially true if your target buyers are families who might frequently travel during the summer and are busy with seasonal festivities like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in fall and winter.
Another reason houses typically sell better and faster in spring is that there’s much higher demand compared to the rest of the year. The spring housing market is usually abuzz with buyers looking for either their next investment property or their forever home.
12 Spring Real Estate Tips
The following are some of the most effective spring home tips to ensure you sell your property quickly and profitably during the best home-selling time of the year.
1. Enhance Your Curb Appeal
Before you even start working on your home’s interiors, look closely at what’s happening outside your property. How is your curb appeal doing? Could it use some improvements? More often than not, the answer to this question is yes.
So get to work — preferably with the guidance of an expert landscaper — and ensure the entire exterior of your home is in tip-top shape.
2. Beautify Your Entrance
Once your beautiful landscaping has enticed your potential buyers, keep the momentum going by welcoming them into your home via a stunning entrance. Clear out this area of anything that doesn’t belong — including muddy shoes and worn-out coats — and consider adding a splash of color with some seasonal plants, flowers, or lovely springtime scents in the form of candles or reed diffusers.
3. Eliminate Clutter
A cluttered home can immediately put off potential buyers. So ensure your property is tidy and well-organized by removing anything that would make you look like a sloppy seller. Toys, pet gadgets, family photos, and other similar items should be removed and stored safely elsewhere until after the home sells.
4. Do a Deep Clean
Spring is often synonymous with deep cleaning, so take advantage of the warmer weather to open up all your windows and doors and thoroughly clean your entire property. You can do it yourself or hire a professional, whichever works best for you and your budget.
5. Choose the Right Lighting
A poorly-lit home could be more attractive to most buyers. So before putting your house on the market, ensure the lighting throughout is plentiful and, even more importantly, suited to the space.
Aside from letting in as much natural light as possible by keeping blinds and curtains open (and windows clean), consider the light fixtures in your house and determine whether you could add — or remove — any lighting from any of the rooms to enhance their visual appeal.
Another great way to ensure your potential buyers experience the best of your home lighting is to schedule viewings in the morning and early to mid-afternoon. This will increase the chances of showcasing your beautiful home flooded by natural sunlight.
If arranging viewings at those times is not feasible because of work or childcare constraints, try to put a lot of effort into choosing the best lighting fixtures for each room.
6. Redecorate and Remodel
While you want to take care of minor repairs that need to be carried out around the home — more on this below — spring can also be a great time to kick off more significant home projects, including redecorating and remodeling.
With longer days, warmer temperatures, and abundant natural light, spring is the best time of year to tackle that home improvement project you finally put on the back burner.
If you need help deciding which project to embark on first, always remember to prioritize the kitchen: the real, beating heart of the home. While remodeling a kitchen can be a fairly hefty investment, it is also one that will almost certainly pay off.
Other redecoration projects include painting, small bathroom remodels, attic conversions, etc.
7. Set the Right Temperature
Depending on where you live, springtime temperatures can range from cool to very warm. Regardless of the outside temperatures, you’ll want to ensure the inside of your home is comfortable and cozy.
Keep the central heating switched off, and ensure there are no drafts or cold spots anywhere in the house.
8. Assess the Flooring
The right flooring can completely change the look and feel of a room. So take some time to examine each room and ask yourself:
- How does the flooring look in here?
- Does it match the room’s overall aesthetic?
- Is it functional?
- Is it attractive?
- How old is it?
If you spot any room for improvement, don’t think twice about a flooring refresh. But don’t worry; replacing your current flooring with something costly is unnecessary, as a more appealing and practical flooring type often gets the job done.
However, if installing new flooring throughout the entire house is what’s needed, then be prepared for a hefty investment. But one that will also add a lot of value to your property.
9. Consider Minor Repairs
Imagine walking through a beautiful open house — a home brimming with natural light and gorgeous furniture — only to discover a leaky tap, discolored wallpaper, or a messy backyard.
While these may seem like minor issues if you are the property’s live-in owner, they won’t make you (or your house) look good when it’s time to sell. So arm yourself with patience and elbow grease, and start tackling minor repairs one at a time.
Chances are good that, if they are truly small maintenance issues, you can handle them yourself without needing to hire a contractor.
10. Curate a Home Office Space
More people than ever before now work from home. So if you have the space available, why not create a cozy yet efficient home office space? Remember to add some indoor plants, too, as they can entice prospective buyers and make them feel even more at home.
Do you already have a dedicated room inside your house that you currently use as a working space? Great; now ensure it’s kept clean, tidy, and clutter-free when interested buyers view the property.
11. Remember the Garden
Selling your property in spring also means that if you have an outdoor space, your potential buyers might be interested in seeing it in full bloom. So plan on working in your garden or backyard to bring out its true seasonal beauty and appeal.
12. Dress To Impress
Not you, but your house. How? With impeccable home staging.
Staging your home has proven, time and again, to be an effective tool to speed up the entire home-selling process and maximize results.
Get Your Home Ready for Spring
From higher demand to faster sales and better weather, spring is indeed the right season to prepare for your next home sale.
To ensure your spring home sale is a huge success, there are a few things to consider, including curb appeal, decluttering, minor repairs, and indoor lighting.
If you are about to list your home and looking for even more tips, tricks, and insights on how to sell your property quickly and efficiently, explore our How to Sell Your Home Seller’s Guide!