Spring To Summer – Getting Ready to Sell Your Home

Dated: May 16 2023

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There is just a magical combination of spring turning to summer when it comes to selling your home. The trees are full, the flowers are blooming.  No more snow, the dismal winter to spring thing is over and things look great as buyers are out driving to showings and that’s what we want them to see when they get to your home, that is looks great.   Grab your brooms, put on your gloves, and let's dive into the importance of having a well-kept and beautifully presented property that leaves a lasting impression on potential buyers, both online and in person.

We all know that first impressions matter, right? Well, when it comes to selling your home, a fabulous first impression can make all the difference in the world. Picture this: a potential buyer scrolling through countless listings online, trying to find their dream home. Suddenly, they stumble upon your listing. Boom! Their eyes widen, and a smile tugs at their lips. Why? Because your photos showcase a beautifully clean and well-maintained home.

That's where spring cleaning comes into play. As the birds chirp and flowers bloom, it's the perfect time to tackle those dust bunnies, banish clutter, and breathe new life into your beloved abode. Start by decluttering each room, clearing out any unnecessary items that have been silently accumulating over the years. Think of it as a refreshing cleanse for both your living space and your mind.

Once you've decluttered, it's time to give everything a good scrub. Dust the nooks and crannies, wipe down surfaces, and make those windows sparkle. And don't forget about the exterior! Curb appeal is a real thing, my friend. Spruce up your front yard, trim the hedges, and add a splash of color with some potted plants or fresh flowers. A well-manicured lawn and an inviting entrance can instantly grab the attention of potential buyers.

Now, let's fast forward to the warmer days of summer. With the foundation laid during your spring cleaning extravaganza, it's time to roll up your sleeves and focus on the finer details that will truly impress buyers.  Spruce up what’s needed, touch up some paint, repair any damage you see that has been needed for awhile and clean up your flower beds with some new mulch and maybe a few flowers to add some color.

Take a critical eye to your surroundings and decor. Less is more in this case, as you want to create an airy and spacious feel throughout. Rearrange the layout to maximize space, create inviting conversation areas, and let the natural light shine in. Remember, we're aiming for a warm and welcoming atmosphere that instantly puts potential buyers at ease.  If moving is really on the agenda, pack up the things you don’t really need and be ready in advance.

Take advantage of this time to prepare for photos for when you list your home.  Fresh linens, fluffy pillows, and tasteful artwork can work wonders in making your home look sale-worthy. Think of it as setting the stage for your potential buyers, allowing them to envision their own happily ever after within those walls.  Take advantage of the things you already have and don’t be afraid to call your realtor in to give you some insight on what to keep and what to get rid of.  Spending money on things that are not critical for selling but missing out on things that really make a difference is not a good strategy and your realtor can help.  In this digital age, the first glimpse of your home is almost always online, so it's crucial to present your home in the best possible light.  Showcasing a well-kept and nicely presented property through eye-catching photos can create an immediate emotional connection with potential buyers.  You don’t have to spend big money to make a good first impression, neat, tidy and clean is always a good first step.

So, my fellow homeowners-turned-home-sellers, remember the power of a clean and well kept home in creating a stunning first impression. With a little elbow grease, a sprinkle of creativity, and a dash of enthusiasm, you'll transform your property into a real estate gem that's sure to captivate the hearts of buyers, online and in person.  I’m here to help so call me anytime. 

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Lisa Ritskes

I have lived in Smiths Falls with my husband of 33 years since 1999. I grew up in Kitley Township and call Toledo, ON and the surrounding area my home. I have raised my children in Smiths Falls and ....

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