DENVER/ FEBRUARY 21, 2019 (STL.News)
Spring is widely regarded by real estate professionals as the best time of year to sell a home. “In spring, buyers come out in force due to increased inventory, warmer weather, more daylight hours and the ability to use tax refund checks as down payments,” said O’Shaughnessy, broker associate at Kentwood City Properties.
However, just because spring is a seller’s market, with the largest number of buyers actively searching for new homes, it doesn’t mean a home will automatically sell. To better ensure a sale, O’Shaughnessy shares the following five tips:
No. 1: Get your house inspected. “This should be done before even listing your home,” stressed O’Shaughnessy. “That way you will know of any issues that need to be fixed and can fix them, as potential buyers will view any damages to a home as an added expense and most likely will pass on your home if it needs significant repair.”
No. 2: Enhance curb appeal. “Curb appeal is always essential, despite the season,” added O’Shaughnessy. “However, in spring, after cleaning out the dead debris of winter, it is imperative to keep your lawn and bushes maintained if planning on showing your house.” He also suggests planting flowers, keeping in mind that yellow flowers stimulate buying urges. Additionally, a fresh coat of paint can go a long way toward making a house look new, on the outside and inside.
No. 3: Declutter. Getting rid of the clutter in a home for sale is also critical as potential buyers want to see how they will live in the house, not how you lived in it. Before showing the house, take time to rid it of unnecessary items, packing up and storing the ones you want to keep and donating the rest.
No. 4: Bring spring inside. Setting out aromatic flowers and opening the windows can give the interior a spring-like feel. Flowers are just as important inside as they are outside, and once inside prospective buyers will appreciate the beauty and aroma of fresh-cut flowers. “You can further let the outside in by opening windows, therefore accentuating the positives with sunshine, fresh air and a refreshing spring breeze,” noted O’Shaughnessy.
No. 5: Don’t ask too much. “Setting the right price before you list is critical to getting the most for your home and selling it quickly,” concluded O’Shaughnessy. “However, even though spring is the optimal time to sell, buyers are savvy and always looking for a fair deal, and will resent a seller trying to take advantage of them. If in doubt about a reasonable asking price, compare your home to similar homes in your neighborhood that have sold and for how much, and always consult with your real estate agent.”
About Blake O’Shaughnessy, Kentwood City Properties
Blake O’Shaughnessy specializes in luxury properties. He works with everyone from relocators and young couples to empty-nesters looking to downsizing. For more information, please call 303-883-5064, or visit http://www.kentwoodcity.com. Kentwood City Properties is located at 1660 17th Street Suite, 100, Denver, CO 80202.