Spring is right around the corner, which is exciting to me for many reasons, but two to be noted. First, my Florida bones will be happy with the warmer temperatures and it will take my kids less time to get out the door, since we won’t be looking for gloves and hats all the time. Second, Richmond’s Spring Real Estate market is going to be heating up along with the weather. If we are looking anything like we did last Spring (and I think we should expect to), sales will be hopping. Competition will be stiff… Buyers are ready and waiting. Sellers should put their best foot forward to make their home rise above the rest.
When helping folks put their home on the market, I have a saying that I use regularly.
When your house is active on MLS, you are essentially entering in to two competitions – price and beauty. We need to shine in both categories.
While pricing a home accurately is one of my favorite parts of the job, thinking through the “beauty” side of things is equally important. First to consider… CURB APPEAL. It’s a simple concept — if Buyers like what they see outside, they’re likely to want to see the inside. Check out a few of these simple (and mostly inexpensive!) ways to give your home’s curb appeal a boost — even if you’re not considering selling at this time, much of this is just good house maintenance to consider as part of your Spring cleaning routine!
- Dress up the front door. Give it a new paint job, maybe even a new color. Clean any hardware that needs attention.
- Replace old hardware and accessories. If your light fixture, mailbox or house numbers could use a makeover, this is the time to do it.
- Create a container garden. Make an eye-catching display of your favorite plants on your porch or near the front door.
- Clean up your planter beds. Get your gardens into shape by pulling weeds, planting annuals, adding mulch and replacing any plants that have died or are droopy.
- Replace gutters and/or downspouts. You never want to convey a sense of neglect to the potential buyer — if your gutters are suffering from peeling paint, rust spots or other problems, replace them! This is also something that will come up in an inspection, so just do it now.
- Dress up your driveway. Repair any cracks or stains and pull unsightly weeds that have poked through.
- Upgrade railings. These typically need routine maintenance to prevent paint from peeling and wood from rotting. If they need attention, now is the time!