Spring is the most popular time of the year for real estate, and while that means you’ll typically have plenty of buyers vying for your home, it also means there’s plenty of competition from other sellers on the market. To make sure your home stands out from the crowd, get ahead of the competition, and follow our guide to prepping your property for a spring sale.
Finish repairs or home projects
If you have started any home reno projects, now is the time to finish them. According to realestate.com.au you’ll likely find a buyer more quickly and have a smoother sale process if you finish any repairs before you put your home on the market.
“Use the months prior to spring to critically look at your home before putting it on the market. Does it need any minor or major repairs, and if so, make sure they’re something you can start and complete quickly before the spring period,” said Andrew Robinson, Chief Auctioneer (NSW) Belle Property.
Consider a paint job
A fresh coat of paint is a simple way to add a new look to your home and it also works wonders covering dirty walls. Make sure you repair any damage, holes, cracks, etc. before you get started though.
“Think about the colour you use when you’re touching up walls. You want your home to appeal to as many people as possible, especially in the highly competitive spring sale market, so it’s safer to opt for neutral tones,” says Andrew.
Check your floors and windows
Windows are especially important in a spring sale because you want to take advantage of the natural light as much as possible. Make sure your windows have had a good solid clean and again, if there are any cracks or repairs that need to be fixed, make sure you take these on well before your sale date.
“If you have damaged flooring, this is another thing that falls into the repairs and renos category. Get them fixed early in the piece because buyers will notice if they’re worn or scratched and it may impact your sale price,” says Andrew.
Spring clean and declutter
There is a reason for the name – and a spring sale is the perfect motivation. A good clean and declutter of your home is the most important step in preparing your home for sale.
“Cleaning and decluttering are so important in the sale process because you want your potential buyers to imagine themselves in the space. It also helps to showcase the actual size of your property if a lot of the clutter is gone,” says Andrew.
Styling for spring sale
The final piece of the spring sale puzzle is styling your home for sale. While this step doesn’t come until your home is about to hit the market, it’s important to be aware of what it involves and why it’s important.
According to OpenAgent, while styling doesn’t necessarily guarantee a higher price point, on average you can expect to see a 7.5 to 12.5 per cent increase on your final sale result.
“The majority of sellers use some degree of professional styling these days, so it’s a really important consideration if you want your home to compete in a busy market,” says Andrew.
“Styling can range in cost depending on how many rooms you style and whether you use full or partial styling so the best thing to do is speak to your agent about your sales approach and whether styling is recommended.”