The spring season officially begins on Saturday! Can you believe it? And while we’re patiently waiting for warmer weather, we’re also gearing up for the busy spring real estate market. If you’re planning to sell your home within the next few months, now’s the time to start making a game plan and checking off those to-do lists. Speaking of to-do lists, we’ve got some things to add to it for you soon-to-be sellers out there to get your home ready for a sale.

Now, some of you may be thinking you don’t have the budget to pour into renovations or updates. Don’t worry, changes to your home don’t have to be expensive, and they will pay you back big-time when it comes time to sell.

HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR THE MARKET:

1. Spring-clean your home. Get in the mindset that your home will soon be a product. You want it to look like a model home, so take the time to do a deep cleaning and enjoy it in the meantime.

A few things that are sometimes missed that buyers will notice:

  • Clean your windows
  • Consider a fresh coat of paint
  • Clean or apply new grout in your ceramic tile
  • Have your carpets cleaned
  • Replace the furnace filter

2. Spruce up your landscaping. This is the first thing buyers will see in photos, showings, and open houses so you’ll want your curb appeal to be, well, appealing. So, once spring officially hits and the grass starts to grow, here are some items you’ll want to maintain and/or take care of.

  • Mow the lawn
  • Get the sprinkler system going
  • Plant some new flowers
  • Trim bushes and trees
  • Put down some fresh mulch
  • Replace the welcome mat
  • Freshly paint the front door—a new bright color would up the game!
  • Paint or replace the mailbox if needed
  • The backyard is also important so, clean it up, power-wash the deck or patio and re-paint the patio furniture if it could use it

3. Start packing. Since you’re going to move anyway, this is a great time to get a head-start on filling some boxes.

  • Pack your winter clothes away so you can show off your closet space
  • Sell or donate any furniture that you don’t want to move
  • Pack your personal and valuable items and store them until you move. De-personalizing is always a good idea so that buyers can imagine themselves there
  • Stage shelves and built-ins
  • Remember, when you work with The Susan Morris Team, staging is part of the package. We also have an in-house organizer to help you declutter!

4. Incorporate fresh colors. Don’t think this always means beige. Neutrals have come a long way and include an wide variety of shades.

  • Buy new bedding and pillows that you can also enjoy in your new house
  • Update curtains to something light and airy for the season
  • Add some pops of color by painting older furniture, or bring in some fun new accessories or art
  • Replace towels, shower curtains and bath rugs

5. Do all of the odd little (or big) repairs you’ve been putting off.

  • Check for leaky faucets and pipes
  • Tighten handrails
  • Replace burnt-out lightbulbs

One last tip: When it’s time to list your home, find a top agent in your area. A great Realtor knows the market and will be an invaluable resource to you during the selling process.