Winter is almost over, and you’re ready to sell your home. But what can you do to make your property stand out as the greater Nashville area holds tight to a balanced market? Today’s tips can help you prepare your property to make its best impression.
Start by cleaning.
There is no better place to begin than by cleaning both the interior and exterior. If you have a nice afternoon, spend some time strolling through the yard. Pick up any forgotten kids’ toys (and, yes, that includes those of the fur babies, too!), clear debris that may have blown in during late fall and winter storms, and grab the pressure washer to remove mold and mildew from the siding, walkways, and patio furniture.
Inside, it’s time to de-clutter. Remove any excess personal belongings, and pack them up for a quick stint in storage. Then, wipe down the baseboards, vacuum, shampoo the rugs and carpet, deep clean the refrigerator, organize the pantry, and scrub tubs, showers, and sinks until they look shiny and new. When you’re not naturally a clean freak, there is no shame in hiring a maid service to help you get started because the cleanliness of your home will have a major impact on buyer perception.
Check your curb appeal.
You’ve already cleaned up, but a lifeless lawn and plain porch are also red flags that may turn potential buyers into passersby. Clear out the flower beds, and add a few hardy flowers, such as pansies and snapdragons, which can handle Tennessee’s famous “false spring” cold snaps.
A warm afternoon will also open up plenty of possibilities for painting and repairing damaged exterior features, such as the front door, deck, or driveway. Remember, how your home looks on the outside tells consumers how much care you likely took on the inside.
Be cautious with trends.
When it’s time to sell a home, your best bet is to bring it up to date, especially if you’ve lived there for many years and have tailored each room to your tastes. But be cautious of trends. While coastal textures and mixed metallics might be the “in” thing for the coming season, you don’t want to overdo it. The goal is to create a space that others can envision as theirs.
Your agent might suggest working with a local home stager who may use your current pieces or suggest rental furniture and decor that will make your home appealing and yet neutral. If you don’t have the budget to work with a professional, keep in mind that less is more. Remove unnecessary furniture, such as bulky coffee tables and China hutches, stick with the basics, and prioritize lighting and open spaces.
The real secret weapons to selling your home during any season are cleanliness, coziness, and curb appeal. While there is nothing wrong with looking at design trends for inspiration, your home should be a blank slate that inspires and welcomes others.
When you’re ready to sell, Team Rockensock is ready for you. Our agents and assistants know the market, and we can help you prepare your home for selling success. All it takes is one call.