Santa Barbara has always been blessed with good weather but Spring in Santa Barbara is especially a great time, with the weather generally warm and sunny minus the blistering heat of the summer season. And with the Spring weather where flowers are on full display, and all things are green and beautiful, Santa Barbara comes alive. And aside from the beautiful display of nature the real estate market is also in full bloom during Spring. The hottest season to sell is here. But is your home ready for Spring? If you’re thinking of selling, there is no best time but NOW. And we’ve got you covered with a list of things to do to make your house Spring – ready for selling.
Here's our 5 Easy Tips for Selling Your Home in Spring
1. Spring (Cleaning) is in the air!
Yes, it’s that time of the year to put on your working gloves, take out the vacuum and do some tough love clean up inside and outside the house. This is definitely a priority if you are planning to sell your home. There is nothing more unappealing than an unkempt and unclean house to a home buyer.
Be sure to do a thorough clean up of all the nook and cranny of your home. Try to focus on the floors, walls, and ceilings and check on stains. Apply a fresh coat of paint if need be. Deep cleaning the kitchen and the bath is also necessary, check for mold and mildew and grout in between tiles. Replace old cupboards to give it a new look. Let the light in by making sure to clean the windows, changing the curtains and dusting off all the light fixtures.
2. Amp Up your Curb Appeal
And after making sure the house is spotless, it’s time to take those working gloves outside and clean up the front yard all the way down to the backyard. As they always say, there’s no second chance to make a first impression and how your house looks from the outside will always be the first thing that buyers will notice. Clean up the driveway, cut the grass and fertilize the lawn. Adding flowers and potted plants is always a nice touch and will definitely spruce up your house's curb appeal too. Do not forget that buyers also check the back yard, it would be plus points for you and your house if it’s neat and tidy too.
3. De-cluttering the House
While cleaning up the house, this is the perfect opportunity to de-clutter the house and throw, store or give away unnecessary items that you have accumulated over the years. Home buyers are a picky bunch and they often prefer to see a house free of clutter and less personal stuff. They try to envision themselves living a life in your home and with all your family pictures all over the house that could be tough. Try to depersonalize the house but not too much that you strip it off the homey ambiance and it gives off a hotel room vibe.
4. Time for some renovations!
Or none at all. There are a lot of DIY Home Renovations projects that can instantly change the way your home looks for potential home buyers. Try to improve how the house looks with a fresh coat of paint, changing curtains, or even just re-arranging the furniture. Small things and small projects can go a long way and can do big wonders in how you can present your home to home buyers.
5. Find "The One"
There is nothing wrong in selling your house on your own but to ensure you get your house off the market in no time at all, finding the right agent to list your house with can greatly help you sell your home at the right price. The right agent will also be doing all the legwork needed for your home selling process including marketing it to potential home buyers. But finding the right agent can be tricky in a world that seems to have realtors at every corner. Take the time to interview and listen to their marketing plan to help you make that decision.
Are you thinking of selling your home this Spring? The Spring market is one of the best times to sell your home. The foliage in Santa Barbara can be breathtaking and a great way to showcase the uniqueness of your home. If you haven’t hired a top producing Santa Barbara real estate agent yet, contact me, and I’d be happy to discuss the Santa Barbara fall and winter real estate market history and the current state of the local market!