Getting the Most out of Your Spring or Summer Home Listing
It’s that time of year when the real estate market is starting to heat up. Depending on where you live in the United States, this spring and summer could be the most lucrative times to sell your home that we’ve seen in the past several years. But, getting the most out of spring or summer listing isn’t as simple as working with a Realtor to take a few pictures and getting your home listed on Homes.com. After all, maximizing the value of your property for a strong sale takes a bit more work.
Unfortunately, most of us are not real estate or interior design professionals. When trying everything we can to derive as much value from listing our home as possible, we can be a bit at a loss as to exactly what steps to take. Thankfully, there are experts out there who are more than willing to share their tips on how to prepare your home for sale.
In this post, we’ll take a look at what a few of them have to say about maximizing your home’s curb appeal for the season, how to stage and what not to do when preparing for an open house, and what you can do with the exterior space on your property to derive the maximum value for your listing.
Getting Maximum Curb Appeal This Selling Season
The late, great host of HGTV’s hit home improvement and real estate show Curb Appeal, John Gidding was pretty straightforward when it came to his top six ways to build as much curb appeal into your property as possible. He focused on ways to dress up the facade of your home that are both cost-effective and relatively easy. This meant that they could be accomplished by a relatively well-versed DIY-er in just a weekend or two.
Gidding advised homeowners who are looking to boost the curb appeal of their listed home to use native plants in order to drive the beauty of their landscaping without having a ton of maintenance to deal with over the duration of the listing.
He also recommended doing everything possible to draw attention to the front door of your home, adding simple architectural details to enhance your home’s facade, dressing up your front porch, pathways and driveway with potted plants, and not to forget your home’s garage door when it comes to gussying things up.
To Stage or Not to Stage…
Your house is lovely just the way it is. Honestly. But if you really want to derive as much value from your listing as possible, you will want to do a few things to maximize its beauty in the eye of the proverbial beholder.
According to HGTV host Emily Henderson, putting together staging that evokes an “edgy neutral” feel is the way to go when it comes to staging a home for maximum value. She recommends white walls for crispness, high contrast accent notes, and minimal furnishings. She also recommends leather furniture be used in your staging efforts.
Cristen Lincoln, a top listing agent with Portland’s Living Room Realty, suggests that, “staging is very different from decorating. Just because a house is beautifully decorated, doesn’t mean it’s ready for market.” Lincoln prioritizes making the space appealing to as many visitors as possible, while neutralizing and depersonalizing things.
Lincoln offers a few practical tips that could have the most impact: “if you have a beautiful garden, we want to move furniture away from a window so a buyer can easily walk up and look out to see it! If a home has a grand fireplace mantle, we would want any other decor around it to be very minimal so it’s allowed to shine as a feature. Each room should look like the room it’s meant to be.”
Other tips from Living Room Realty include removing exercise equipment from bedrooms, avoiding things like room freshener during showings, keep traffic areas free of clutter and furniture, and never forget how crucial it is to stage with a mind on how marketing photography will look, especially online.
As important as staging your home right may be, there’s something far more basic that’s way more important – cleanliness. You want your home to be spotless, uncluttered, and with all surfaces in an excellent state of repair prior to taking the pictures for the listing, showing the home, or hosting an open house.
Dingy or marred surfaces, an overabundance of “personal touches,” or cluttered rooms can cool off even the hottest listing in the hottest market of the year.
Getting the Most Out of Your Listing
There is no 100% foolproof way to prepare your home for a spring or summer listing. Listen to your real estate professional, do a little Internet research, and put in the elbow grease. The more you do now – if done correctly – the more you can hope to get when the offers start rolling in. Happy selling this season, may the forces of the market be with you!