Spring might be everyone’s favorite season, but for realtors, builders, and anyone with their house on the market Spring is by absolutely the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Sorry Christmas!)
The weather is usually perfect, not too hot or not too cold. (we said usually) And everyone is full of energy and ready to relieve their cabin fever- often through visiting open houses and taking community tours!
So over the next week we will discuss in our Seller’s Edge: Spring Edition, the Pro’s and Con’s of listing your home in the spring, as well as some tips of the trade that will help you stage your home, prepare your home for a tour, and sell your home during the Spring.
So Why is Spring the Best Time of the Year to Sell Your Home?
Weather conditions are ideal for selling and buying a home. Warmer weather means that more people are outside. And our senses are heightened during the spring. You hear birds chirping, you smell the combination of fresh cut grass and barbecue, you feel the soft spring breeze, and the sunshine brings everything back to life. And now you just need is them to taste a little sample of your home’s awesomeness!
Let’s face it the Spring is a busy time of the year for everyone. If you are not getting out your house just for the sake of getting out of your house, than you are still out to get groceries, drop the kids off at soccer, baseball, dance, lacrosse, track, and everything else that little kiddos play these days. And chances are if your home is properly marketed, they will either see your advertising or at least plan a second or two out of their busy life to take a tour between baseball and track, or lacrosse and dance, or grocery shopping and little Susie’s birthday party on Saturday.
If you are selling a vacant home, you usually do not have to heat or cool an additional home like you would in the winter and summer months, saving you money in utility bills for a home you no longer live in.
REMEMBER: If your home is too hot or too cold, your home will easily be eliminated by home buyers. Your home should always be at a comfortable temperature for every prospect that tours your home.
Another advantage to selling your home in the spring is that no one wants to move their children mid-school year. When a buyer purchases a home in the spring, they are most likely to move in during the early summer. Plenty of time for your kids to adjust and adapt to the area before the new school year begins. They may even make a friend or two with the neighborhood kids before the first day of school.
Some Things to be Aware of When Selling Your Home in the Spring.
April showers bring more than just May flowers! Rain can bring out the worst in a home. From areas of standing water in your yard, to leaky basements, clogged gutters, and if your home is really outdated you may have the ol’ indoor waterfall. Be sure to patch up, repair and prevent any of these issues. General contractors and the internet are both great resources.
All of the cool kids are doing it! Another road block to selling your home during the spring is that everyone else is putting their home on the market too. And if more people are selling their home, there is more competition. You may find yourself in a price war with your neighbors if they are trying to sell their home as well. Be careful not to undervalue your home.
Garden of weEden! Maintaining your yard in the spring can be more work than other months. When there is snow on the ground the majority of your outdoor staging is shoveling the driveway and clearing the walk from ice. But in the Spring you have to spend more time and effort on curb appeal. Weeds, leaves, tall grass, weeds, brown dry grass, weeds, overgrown bushes, and did we say weeds? All of the for mentioned plant details should be your focus as well as decluttering and painting your home. These are generally problems that you do not have to focus on when selling your home in the winter.
In our next post, I will discuss helpful tips to staging your home for the Spring Selling Season. In the meantime leave us a comment on our Facebook Page about your selling experience. What time of the year did you decide to move? And if you have any funny stories about selling your home we would love to hear them!