LIBERTYVILLE, ILL./ APRIL 11, 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 droves due to increased inventory, warmer weather and more daylight hours,” said Fairfield, who has been listing and selling homes in and around Northern Illinois and Kenosha County Wisconsin since 1986.
However, just because spring is usually 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, Fairfield shares the following four tips:
No. 1: Enhance curb appeal. “Curb appeal is always essential, despite the season,” noted Fairfield. “In spring, however, after cleaning out the dead debris of winter, it is imperative to keep your lawn and bushes maintained if planning on showing your house.” She 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.
No. 2: 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 or selling the rest.
No. 3: 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 Fairfield.
No. 4: 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 Fairfield. “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 therm. 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 Lynn Fairfield, RE/MAX Suburban
Lynn Fairfield was named managing broker for Wisconsin for RE/MAX suburban in March of 2019. She is licensed in Illinois since 1986 and Wisconsin since February 2008. She is a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR), Military Relocation Professional (MRP), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI). Lynn is a member of the 24 Million Dollar Club, Chairman’s Club and Platinum Club for RE/MAX Suburban and RE/MAX Hall of Fame. Lynn was named as RE/MAX Top Individual Sales Agent, placing 14 out of the top 100 Producers for RE/MAX Northern Illinois in 2018 selling 60 homes. She has been named to the Best Real Estate Agents in America list. For more information, please call (847) 373-3311, or visit https://www.bestlakecountyhomes.com/.