Get Your Home Ready to be Sold this Spring with these Three Steps

Spring is here! Bring on the March Madness, Spring Breaks, April Fool’s jokes — and our favorite to no one’s surprise — the Real Estate Market. Now through summer is the busiest time of year in the real estate industry, and it’s not a coincidence that it comes on the heels of all homebuyers coming out of hibernation. With tax refunds in their pockets, nicer weather in the forecast, buyers are chomping at the bit to start touring homes.

If you’ve considered selling your home, Spring is the time to do it. Majority of homebuyers like to start the search now in hopes they’ll be settled in before fall. More buyers mean more potential offers, and the timing can be more flexible for many who are juggling buying and selling at the same time.

For us in the Bay Area, the best range of days to list is April 16 – 30, to which on average the home will sell 6 days faster and with an average sales premium of $15,300 on top of that. With that magic window right around the corner, getting your home ready can be daunting. Which is why we created a three-step process to help you prep your home to sell as is, at market value, or that extra premium.

#1 CLEAN

Make your home the best it can be as is

You’ve already had your Spring Cleaning supplies out, but now you just got to clean a bit more. Getting your home ready for a sale as is means you need to make your home look the best it can be. To prevent from getting overwhelmed, we recommend:

  • Clean Room-by-Room
  • Focus on Organizing and Clearing the Clutter

Also, get the family involved; even if they are young or lazy, a little bit of help goes a long way — and if they are extra-stubborn, turn them on to “Tidying Up” on Netflix and see if “does this bring me joy” pushes them to find out.

Don’t forget about the most overlooked cleaning spots: door frames, windows, baseboards, ceiling fans, light switches, door knobs and handles, and under appliances.

#2 UPDATE

While getting your home to market standards could include renovations depending on how old the home is, it is more about ways to refresh your home’s look so that it is new for buyers — and best of all, our recommendations are budget-friendly.

  • Paint Job

    Fresh coat of paint both inside and outside can make a world of difference. Not just look at the walls, but the cabinets, doors and trim too. Stick with neutral colors unless you are looking for a bold statement, in which we would point you to the front door. The front door is a lasting impression, make sure it looks good.

  • New Electrical Switch Plates

    Especially with a new paint job, be sure to switch out your electrical switch plates for new ones. You’ll be blown away by the difference.

  • New Handles / Knobs

    Update your doors, cabinets, bathrooms with new handles/knobs because no matter how much you clean them, a worn or “vintage” gold handle can be a turn off.

  • New Shower Curtain

    Add new shower curtains to all your tub-bathrooms. Choose one-color curtains with no patterns; you want the feeling of clean, simplicity.

  • Landscaping

    Add splashes of color to your landscape by planting new bright-colored flowers.

  • Mailbox & Numbers

    Everyone has the same black mailbox. Buy a new mailbox (stick to one-color with no patterns) and match it to your front door if you decided to paint it a different color. Also a nice wooden post isn’t too much extra either.

By updating your home, you are highlighting the details that make your home unique; people will notice and buyers will love them.

#3 UPGRADE

Upgrades take updating your home a step further; it can transform your home and increase value which means you’re most likely to catch a higher premium when selling it. While you should still take a look at upgrading kitchen appliances, tiles/flooring, bathroom fixtures, etc, the biggest upgrade question home buyers are asking for is if your home is a Smart Home. The National Association of Home Builders found that installing smart tech can boost the final closing price by three to five percent, and 81% of current smart-home owners prefer to buy a home with connected technology in place.

We understand that upgrading to a “Smart” home may be intimidating thinking you’ll need to hire an expensive smart technician to set you up plus the too-much-extra costs of the devices. Fortunately, the fact of the matter is that the majority of Smart Home features are do-it-yourselves, can be done over a weekend, and without shelling out thousands of dollars. Here are a few we recommend:

  • Smart thermostat ($100-200)

  • Smart smoke detector ($30-100)

  • Smart home security cameras ($100-300)

  • Smart locks ($150-400)

  • Smart light bulbs ($50-100)

  • Smart shades ($300-500)

After all the effort, be sure to tie everything together with a Smart Speaker ($200-400). It’s on the higher end but it adds that extra wow factor by allowing you to display a live video feed of the front door via the video doorbell just by asking Alexa, Siri or Google. You can also ask to adjust the thermostat, lock the front door, and dim the lights, or do all three at once via a Goodnight routine that you can program. If you are wanting more than this, be sure to take a look at kitchen and laundry appliances: Smart enabled refrigerator, smart washers and dryers, etc. You’re definitely looking at more than a few hundred dollars, but you’ll definitely be the top of the line for Smart Homes.

Once you’ve decided on which steps you are going to take, and are ready to list this home for what it’s worth (plus some, for selling in the Spring), let us know, we will be happy to work with you on getting the biggest bang for your home.