Springtime is right around the corner, and that means it's almost peak home-buying season. If you've been thinking about adding your house to the inventory of Chattanooga homes for sale, it's a great time to do it.
Our real estate agents have been talking to many local homeowners who are ready to take advantage of the spring market. We're anticipating a hectic season, which means you'll need to put some effort into making sure your home stands out from the crowd. Luckily, it's easy to do! These four tips will help put you at an advantage when springtime buyers come to call.
1. Start with Spring Cleaning
Before you start showing your home, go out of your way to make sure it's pristine. A top-to-bottom deep cleaning will ensure that your home makes an excellent first impression. In addition to basic cleaning, you'll want to do things like:
Wash all windows inside and out
Polish all mirrors
Dust every nook and cranny
Polish all floors to a high gloss
Scrub dull and dirty grout
Have any carpets professionally cleaned
Clean all drapes, curtains, and blinds
Let some fresh air in
2. Mow Your Lawn the Right Way
You'll want to make sure you cover the basics of curb appeal like trimming bushes, adding fresh mulch, and raking up leaves (and don't forget the backyard!). Once that's done, turn your attention to your lawnmowing style. Believe it or not, this can make a big difference. Mowing your lawn diagonally can make it appear larger. When you mow, pay attention to creating neat rows, and don't forget to use an edger along the sidewalk and walkways. When your lawn is perfectly manicured, buyers will immediately get the impression that you're a homeowner who pays attention to detail.
3. Use Color Psychology
Did you know that the color yellow stimulates buying urges? Use this color psychology to your advantage by planting bright yellow tulips and daffodils in your front yard or placing them in large pots on either side of your front door. Not only will this give your home a bright and cheery look, but it just might land you a buyer! Spring is also a great time to incorporate pastel colors into your decor. It's easy to do with things like blankets, pillows, and towels. This inexpensive touch will give your home a soft, welcoming feel that homebuyers are sure to love.
4. Add Some Final Touches
With so much competition in the market, it's often the little things that will help you stand out. Make sure your home smells great by placing fresh flowers out on the counter or baking cookies before showings. Make sure you have cold bottles of water available for guests and consider putting out individually-wrapped snacks. All of these small touches are easy and inexpensive but can go a long way toward making a memorable first impression.
When you're ready to list your home, having a great real estate agent can make all the difference. Contact us today to learn more.