Below are 13 Steps to refresh your home to sell quickly this Spring 2022.
After a long dreary winter, it is always exciting to put a new home on the market in the Spring. Here are some tips to help improve the home for maximum value.
- Fresh paint the entire interior ($5,000)
- Powerwash the exterior ($200)
- Landscape the backyard and lawn ($500)
- Paint the front door bright red or baby blue ($100)
- Have the roof recoated ($1500)
- Tighten up any loose siding($500)
- Seal any cracked cement($500-$2500)
- Paint the garage floor and basement floor if unfinished ($300)
- Remove clutter
- Professional Clean the home ($500)
- Interior Staging (decorating)
- Hire a Professional Photographer for a home photoshoot with aerial footage. ($350-$500)
- Have a sellers inspection to confirm the house is well maintained ($500)
and then brace yourself for multiple offers and competitive bids in what I believe will continue to be a seller’s market in 2022
The Cost of Refreshing the Home for a Spring Sale
Refreshing the home for a Spring Sale can cost between $100 to $15,000. It all depends on what you can do yourself and what has already been done over the years. For example, if the house’s cement is not cracked because of proper maintenance, there is no cost. Another example is if you repaint your home every two or three years, you may only need to touch up some spots. If you have your PowerWasher, that’s great, and you can spend a few hours on the weekends cleaning trouble areas.
Give-a-way, Donate, Trash it!
In addition, to the exterior, don’t forget to tackle inside. Any clutter should go in three piles. One, to giveaway, the other to donate, and then last-kick it to trash. Going through your clutter is challenging. You are acknowledging the items you own as chaos is challenging. But when getting your home prepared for sale, that is precisely what your things are-clutter. They are in the middle of you getting top dollar for your home or next to the nothing. I am very sorry that I have to tell you this. Buyers do not care about your collections, antiques, furniture (well, some buyers love modern furniture and some buyers love antiques), or your plants and such. The reason being is because they have their stuff. They want to envision the house with their items and not yours. Of course, there are exceptions, some homes are interior decorated, and buyers may want to buy the home and furniture. However, not all sellers are familiar with interior decorating, and they have an excess of stuff. The bottom line, the clutter has to go into the piles. You should rip the bandaid off and do it quickly before you change your mind.
Here are some companies to reach out to for donations
Local Thrift Store
With the clutter removed, work on painting the interior. Keep in mind you can take your time and work on this towards the end of the Winter months. Then, a little at a time, you can repaint every room. Unfortunately, because of inflation, paint and supplies have increased. However, it is still an excellent idea to freshly paint every room. It gives it a nice clean feel.
Moving along, excellent cleaning and scrubbing of baseboards, ceiling fans, exhaust, washer, dryer, heater, pipes, flooring, tubs, windows, and more are ideal. Some of these things were probably not touched in years. However, buyers notice everything, and I always remember the embarrassment of a seller with dust shooting off the fan when a buyer turned it on. His face turned bright red, and I felt the pain with him. But he never used the fan, so it was an honest mistake.
Sometimes it is better to hire a professional cleaner. The company will scrub and polish areas of the house that a typical homeowner may miss. The professional cleaner may also have better equipment to clean floors, shampoo carpets, and polish the furnace. I estimated the cost to be $500. However, the price may be double or triple if it includes windows and carpet cleaning.
Other considerations are storage options. While preparing your home for sale in a spring market, putting the items that you want to keep in storage is an excellent idea. Pods is a company that will park a storage bin in your driveway for you to move your items into a little at a time quickly. Once done, the company will come and pick it up and drop it off at your new home. Also, some companies can go and pack up your household goods, store them, and then deliver them to your new home or apartment. Keep in mind there are terms and conditions for every company. It is best to read the fine print and interview as many companies as possible until you feel comfortable moving forward.
Lastly, the market price of your home is essential when considering sprucing up the place for sale. If you are selling a million-dollar-plus home, you would want to do everything on the list and beyond to generate top dollar. On the other hand, if your home is worth less than $100,000, then you may want to give the house a good cleaning and sell it “As is.”
However, a small investment of $10k in specific markets can yield several competitive offers over $50k of the asking price. To spend $10k to earn $50k over the asking price is well worth it. Also, the asking price can increase by $50k based on the maintenance and cleanliness of the home. So, in conclusion, you can potentially earn $100k more on the sale of your home by spending $9-$15k on preparation for sale. I say, “Go for it”!
When refreshing your home to prepare it to sell quickly in the Spring Market, think about what you like when home shopping. If you have a buyer’s mindset, it is easy to get the home ready for sale. I love to walk into clean homes with bright windows, red-painted doors, a maintained exterior, a lovely patio, a little garden, and the smell of fresh flowers. Most of my buyers love that as well. However, buy rs do not like strange odors, dirty carpets, stains, dust, peeling paint, roof leaks, and so forth unless it is a fixer-upper or investment property purchase. So, with the buyer mindset in place, the before walk your home and begin slowing and methodically repairing and cleaning the house. I am excited for you. If you need professional advice, you can reach out to one of my agents for a listing consultation or me.