Selling Your Home? Tips On Preparing It For The Spring Housing Market

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Home Stager with Dezigner Digz

Spring is in the air - finally!  After a long, cold winter, everyone is now coming out of hibernation and winter survival mode.  Spring is a time for new beginnings.  For some, new beginnings will include purchasing a new home.

Since it just happens to be a buyer's market at the moment, what better time.  There will be plenty of people out there looking and if serious, buying.  If your house is on the market, are you prepared for this?

Here are some things that you can do now to get your home ready for the spring housing market: 

 

-          Pack away Christmas lights and wreaths.  Sorry to be the one to break it to you, but if Santa hasn't arrived by now, he's not coming.

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-          Winter planter displays consisting of holly, pine boughs, and other festive greenery should now be taken apart.  If you have a decorative urn near the entrance to your home, on Open House day, tuck a couple of potted tulips into the dirt to give a quick spring kick to your entrance way.

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-          Put away the snow shovel.

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-          Clean out the flower beds.  Get rid of dead branches and annuals from last year that were not removed before winter.

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-          Go to your local garden centre and find out when and what you can plant in the garden to add some colour to the front of your home.

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-          Bring your patio furniture out of storage.  Set it up to show buyers the potential for entertaining that your property has.  If your Open House is on a nice, sunny day, put the cushions out on your furniture as well.

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-          Bring out the barbecue, especially if your kitchen has easy access to your outdoor barbecue area.  This will show potential buyers that you have an ideal setup for summer cooking outdoors.

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-          Clean all exterior windows and doors.  Don't forget the garage door as well.

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-          Hose down the driveway and give it a good cleaning to remove salt and grime.

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-          Polish exterior light fixtures and house numbers.  Make them shine.

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-          Don't leave a dirty, salt-covered vehicle in your driveway.  The first impression buyers will get is that the interior of your home may be neglected as well.

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-          Clean up after Fido in the backyard.  Potential buyers don't want to be doing hopscotch through your yard.

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-          Consider hiring a professional cleaning service to do a thorough spring cleaning of the interior of your home.

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-          Liven up the inside of your home by adding some fresh cut flowers for Open Houses.

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-          Open the windows and air out your home.  It's time for some fresh air.

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-          A light room deodorizer can be used prior to Open Houses.  Choose a soft, spring-like fragrance.

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-          Go through your closets and drawers - get them organized. 

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-          Clean up the mud room.  Tuck away all winter boots, scarves and mitts.

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-          Give your living room a hit of spring by changing some of your throw cushions.  Replace them with bright, spring colours - just make sure that they don't clash with your existing furniture.

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-          Last but certainly not least, if the exterior photos of your home were taken in the winter, have your Real Estate Agent take updated shots.  If potential buyers see snow when viewing your property online, they'll get a sense that your home has been on the market for a while.

 

All of these suggestions will help get your home ready for spring.  You know what they say, "In spring, a young man's fancy turns to love".  Why not have that love directed at your home.

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Dezigner Digz is a professional home staging and interior decorating company located in Burlington, Ontario and servicing Ancaster, Hamilton, Burlington, Waterdown, Stoney Creek, Oakville, Milton and surrounding areas.  The Owner, Charlene Storozuk, is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association and currently serves on RESA's Executive Committee as Regional Vice-President, Canada.  For more information about us, visit our website at www.dezignerdigz.com. 

 

 

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Charlie Ragonesi
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Very nice post especially the focus on outside the house. Many focus on inside staging but the outside sets the table

Mar 19, 2009 01:27 PM #1
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Kathy Passarette
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Charlene ~ Great tips! These are all appropriate for my area as well.  Branches and leaves that need to be cleaned up, Christmas lights still on houses, and more.  Plus, these are great ideas for getting started outside even if you aren't selling.

Mar 19, 2009 01:29 PM #2
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Sheila Kennedy
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Great post Charlene!  There is a county wide open house this weekend in my area and I bet most of the homeowners could use this info!  Thanks!

Mar 19, 2009 02:11 PM #3
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Kathleen Lordbock
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Shoot me my
Christmas lights are still frozen to the ground. along with other un -cool things.

Good thing my house is not on the market but this is good advice for others in MN in about another month  LOL

Mar 19, 2009 04:58 PM #4
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Cathy Lee
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Saturday is the first day of SPRING!!!  Very timely post!  Great tips and thank you!!

Mar 19, 2009 05:24 PM #5
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Sandi Gerrard
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Great tips Charlene.  HAPPY SPRING !

Mar 20, 2009 03:32 AM #6
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Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
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Charlene, this is a great post and a wonderful checklist for those many sellers who are taking advantage of the great spring selling season to list their homes!

Mar 23, 2009 05:05 PM #7
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Charlie - You're right.  A lot of people forget about the exterior of the home.

Kathy - Thanks!  We spent part of last weekend cleaning up our yard.  It looks so much better now.

Sheila - You're very welcome.

Kathleen - I hope the weather is starting to get better now where you are.  It's finally nice here.

Cathy - I'm so glad it's Spring!  I've definitely had enough of the Winter weather.

Sandi - Thanks and Happy Spring to you too!

Annie - Thanks!  I hope this list will be helpful.

Mar 30, 2009 11:39 AM #8
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Its always nice to read your blog posts and I love spring posts ( its my favorite time of the year;) )

Good tips btw, lots of work to do ! 

Ooh well its a good thing (I guess, lol) makes me feel like a busy Bee hehe

Thanks for the great post Charlene !  

Apr 29, 2009 07:21 AM #9
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Charlene Storozuk
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Jean-Marie - Thanks for your kind words.  Spring is my favourite time of the year too.  It's so nice to see the garden coming alive again.  This Winter seemed particularly long to me, I'm so glad it's over!

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