Spring: The season of the year when the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and there are numerous new listings on the market.
Although the spring can be one of the best times to list your home, it can also be one of the most competitive times.
We recently asked our RE/MAX Influencers—a panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates from throughout Canada—for their top tips of how sellers can stand out during the busy spring market.
1 – Clean up Outside
Pressure washing your driveway, sweeping your front walkway and picking up winter debris such as twigs and branches are incredibly important steps to take to make your property look its best once the snow has cleared.
It’s important to wash windows and frames on the outside of your house and touch up exterior doors and trim with paint if necessary. Roof gutters and siding should also be cleaned and maintained.
Any extra cars should be parked away from the property, and spring toys and bikes shouldn’t be left outside.
Steps can also be taken to improve landscaping. Adding flowering plants and shrubs will add colour to your home. Be sure to tidy flower beds and maintain your lawn. If you have a pet, be sure to clean up any droppings on a regular basis.
“A well-manicured curb appeal can make the difference when everything is in full swing. Don’t overdo it with the flowers and plants, as there are also people thinking about high maintenance yards when buying a home, which could end up being a turn off, even when it looks pretty.”
2 – Freshen up Inside
The inside of your home should be tidy with no clutter. Light fixtures, appliances and windows should be cleaned. Be sure to move large appliances and clean in and around where they usually sit.
If you have a garage, make sure you keep the floor swept. Make sure doors and windows throughout the house aren’t squeaking.
You might want to consider purchasing a new welcome mat at the front door, adding new bedding and purchasing candles that have a nice smell that’s not overwhelming. A fresh bouquet on your kitchen table or counter is a great way to keep the space smelling and looking great.
Once your house is clean, it’s a great idea to get professional photos taken to make each room look its best. Good photography can go a long way in helping a home stand out from the others.
3 – Be Sure the Price is Right
The spring market is an incredibly popular time of year for sellers to list their homes. If you have priced your home too high, buyers will likely opt to look at similar, more reasonably priced homes. A good REALTOR® will take in many factors to help you list your home at a price that is competitive with other listings, yet a fair deal for you.
Some Influencers also suggested listing a bit earlier than the majority of spring market houses are listed.
“I suggest putting the home on the market a bit earlier than the spring crowd. This will limit the amount of competition.”