The Spring market is upon us and is already heating up! Not only are houses selling in days, but we're seeing well over 100 people each weekend at our open houses. Inventory is still low, so for any of you out there thinking about selling this Spring, you should be thinking about getting your home ready now.

While inventory is definitely low, you don't want to leave any money on the table when it comes time to sell. We've compiled this list to help your home stand out among the competition and to sell high and fast!

Basic Repairs

Time to fix that broken closet door, replace all dead lightbulbs, fill in any cracks and touch up any chipped paint. If you leave things looking sloppy, then buyers will wonder what else in your home has been neglected. 

Simplify your belongings

You’ll need to declutter as much as possible to avoid distracting the potential buyers of your home. Remove family photos and minimize your furniture in each room. Removing excess furniture will give the illusion that the room is actually larger.

Fresh paint and linens

Light neutral colors will really brighten up a room! If you have any loud colors on the walls, consider repainting. Busy bedding will also distract buyers, so now is a good time to grab an inexpensive white or solid color comforter. If your kitchen or bathroom cabinets are dated, consider painting them as an affordable way to make them new again.

Budget-friendly updates

A few ways to make your home more modern without a major renovation is changing out all of the existing hardware in your bathrooms and kitchen. Consider a sleek brushed nickel knob or pull to replace any existing brass or dated hardware. Lighting is also a quick fix that can really catch a buyer’s eye so consider replacing your old with new and contemporary fixtures.

Flooring

If you have hardwoods that are in rough shape, we highly recommend refinishing them before your home goes on the market. It’s relatively short money and you’ll see a return in a good real estate market. If you don’t have hardwoods, steam clean your carpets or if they’re too stained, consider replacing them. Now there are several affordable options that actually look like hardwood but are actually vinyl or laminate.

We know that many people don’t want to put more money into their homes if they’re just going to sell them, but you really will get a higher price and less days on market if you allow your home to give a good first impression to potential buyers.

If you have any questions, or would like to speak with us more about this or selling your home, give us a call at 617-974-9275.