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 a bit. The clocks “spring forward” by an hour, allowing us to enjoy our dinner while the sun’s still up. St. Patrick pays us a visit, we go Mad for college basketball, and spring training gets underway. Like I said, that’s a lot to look forward to.
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 things like 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 starts to heat up.
So 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 you might want to make sure you’ve covered off.
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. So take a look at the listings on your agent’s website; 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, - which in this case is how your house looks from the street. Spend some time and money on the little things that can spruce up your place quickly – like colourful flowers, a coat of paint on the garage and front doors, washing the front windows or resurfacing the driveway. It’ll invite buyers into your home and let them picture themselves living there before they’re even inside.
Free up as much space as you can. High on most buyers’ lists is room for storage - and showing off how much you has to offer can only make your home look more attractive. So spend some time cleaning out your closets, cupboards and basements – and rent a unit off-site if you have to. It’ll be time and money well spent.
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.