Spring is finally here and the housing market in Boise is ramping up into high gear. If you’re looking to sell your home then you want it to not only look its best, but you want to get the highest sale price for it as well. Today we’re going to show you just how to knock those two important things off your honey-do list: spring cleaning and preparing your house to get the MOST money out of the deal. After all, isn’t spring the best time for new beginnings? You deserve the best this year!
First Impressions: Curb Appeal
First impressions are everything! This goes for meeting new people as well as meeting new houses. Potential buyers of your fabulous house want to be impressed the first time they pull up to what could be their new driveway. Make sure your house really makes a good impression by power washing it. Borrow or rent a power washer and give your house a well deserved bath. Make sure to clean your driveway, sidewalk, and mailbox! Your house should sparkle both inside and out. After you power wash your house and everything has had a chance to dry, make sure to watch for spiders. Do a sweep of the perimeter with a shop vac and suck up any spiders or other crawly critters that have taken up residence on the outside of your abode.
Then, remove clutter from the outside around your house, especially in the front. Make sure to declutter your flower beds, keep the lawn mowed and watered, and trim your tree branches. All of these things can be done in a good afternoon’s work and can increase how quickly you sell your home and at what price. While you’re at it, have you cleaned out your gutters lately? Also, replace your welcome mat with something fresh and seasonal. Again, it’s all about first impressions.
Take some time to fill in the cracks in your driveway. A quick trip to the hardware store and a few hour’s work can really increase curb appeal and make any potential buyers happy. A few cracks in your driveway can lead to potential buyers questioning the overall craftsmanship of your home.
Forget using the old trick of filling the house with the smell of fresh cookies or breads. Those days are over. One of the best things you can do to sell your house quickly is to take all of your personal and family pictures out. Clearing out the family pictures helps the buyer connect with the house as their own and not with the previous occupants.
While spring cleaning, don’t forget to spend a little investment cash on updating your fixtures. Replacing fixtures with current and appealing styles is an easy way to get a huge return on your investment. It has the added bonus of making your light switches, lamps, and other fixtures look clean and pristine. Why scrub something when you can just buy a new one that already shines? You can keep your old fixtures and transfer them to your new place if you’d like, or donate them to a local charity. Sharing is caring, right? Say it with me: Clean. Declutter. Depersonalize.
Paint. Pets. Bathrooms.
Once you’ve decluttered and depersonalized, make sure to remove all traces of your pets as well. Clean the carpets and sweep the floors to remove any unwanted and noticeable pet signs. Put all toys, leashes, and litter boxes in another location or secure them away in a place within the house that you know potential buyers won’t peek into. Once that’s done, then it’s time to break out the paint brushes! A fresh coat of paint on the inside of the house does two important things: first it makes the walls look fresh and clean and it is a great chance to update the inside to something more modern and memorable. Be sure to add in an accent wall!
Bathrooms are a huge selling point of any house. Make sure that yours are not only spotless but updated with new fixtures and appliances. If there was ever a time to fix that faulty toilet or dripping faucet, that time is now. People want to imagine themselves getting ready in the morning in their fresh new bathroom, not think about getting ready in someone else’s bathroom.
Spring is a time for renewal, fresh starts, and huge returns on you home investments. Take charge and get to work today! You will be happy you did.