Spring is generally the optimal time to sell a home. Regardless of whether it's a hot, cold, or neutral market, inventory almost always rises in the spring because the largest number of buyers are actively searching for a new home during April, May, and June. If your home has been languishing on the market since the holidays, take it off the market. Give it a chance to cool down for a few weeks before putting it back on the market.
Nobody is going to look at your home in the spring if it's been on the market for months. The Days on Market (DOM) matters to home buyers because buyers gravitate toward fresh, new listings. Below are other things you can do to improve the odds that your home will stand out among the sea of new listings flooding the springtime real estate market.
15 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Spring
Give these tips for selling your home during springtime a try.
Clean Windows and Mirrors
Washing your windows completely and polishing all the mirrors is essential. Sparkle is free, and it sells homes. A potential buyer may not realize why your home seems so inviting but will feel drawn to it if the windows are spotless and your mirrors reflect sunlight. Cleaning is the first step in preparing your home for sale.
Clean Up the Yard
Be sure to rake the yard, clean out dead leaves and debris in your lawn, and trim the bushes. Don't let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home.
Mow the Lawn
Artfully-manicured lawns are given an edge and tell buyers you pay attention to small details. Diagonally mowed lawns make your yard appear larger, so be sure to cut in that pattern. You'll also want to use a weed eater and get along the edges of your driveway and sidewalks.
Yellow flowers specifically stimulate buying urges. After a long winter, everybody is anxious to see the first signs of spring. Yellow tulips and daffodils induce feelings of happiness and contentment. Arrange containers in groups of three or five near the entrance.
Send your window coverings to the dry cleaners or wash, dry, and press them. Toss blinds into a soapy bathtub for a quick wash. Get rid of all accumulated dust and spider webs. Crisp linens and a springtime breeze through the windows invite the season inside.
Set Out Flowers
Freshly-cut lilac branches or peonies bring life to your space, and natural scents are more appealing than artificial. They also trigger fewer allergies among those susceptible. Peony vases are designed to hold peonies upright but wash the flowers first to avoid carrying ants inside. Clever home staging brings color and fragrance indoors.
Your hardwood floors should be refinished, if necessary. Make your ceramic and linoleum floors twinkle and shine, bleach dull grout, and thoroughly clean all area rugs.
Utilize Towels, Throws, and Pillows
Even if it means replacing items, towels, linens, throws, and sofa pillows are inexpensive accents you can buy. In soft spring colors, they will light up a room. Layer towels on bathroom towel racks and place rolled washcloths on the counters in a fashionable pyramid.
Place Outdoor Mat and Umbrella Stand
No matter where you live, spring weather is often unpredictable. In some states, it can be 72 degrees one day and snowing the next. If it's raining, give buyers a place to stash umbrellas and wipe their feet before entering your home. Some sellers lay down plastic runners across floors for protection, but that tends to ruin the effect of a glittering polish job.
Stationery and party supply stores sell helium balloons for very cheap. Pick up a dozen balloons to tie to your open house signs; they build excitement and will get your home noticed by home shoppers.
Print Flyers and Financing Material
Don't skimp on your home marketing materials. You want home buyers to select your flyer among the dozens they pick up, and color gets noticed more than black and white. Show homebuyers how easily they can afford to buy your home by giving them 2–3 financing options. The first thing on buyers' minds when considering a home purchase is the monthly mortgage payment. Don't make them guess.
Use Color Photo for Advertising
Spend a little more on newspaper and online advertising by including a color photograph in your ad. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words. Look through your photo galleries for a seasonal photograph that flaunts your home to its best advantage.
Mail Postcards With a UV coating
Call a local title company to obtain a free direct-mail list of your surrounding neighbors. Print oversized postcards in color and include a UV coating to give the marketing oomph. Top it off by using first-class postage.
Provide Chilled Bottled Water
Put a dozen or so bottles of water in a sink of ice for buyers. You can also tape labels to the bottles, printed from your computer, with your phone number, a photograph, and the address of your home.
Set Out Treats
Touring homes makes buyers hungry, so consider giving them a snack. It will give buyers an opportunity to linger in your kitchen and marvel at its elegant touches, which might otherwise be overlooked. If you want to add an extra twist, individually wrap the treats in cellophane and tie it with a ribbon.