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Top 4 Tips on Making Your House Stand Out This Spring

The sight of melting snow and rising mercury makes my heart go pitter-patter. Why? Because it means the real estate market is about to heat up.

Housing inventory almost always increases in the spring, which means it’s a great time to be a buyer. For sellers, the competition can be fierce. If you’re selling your home this spring and you want to get top dollar, here are four simple ways to make your house stand out from all the rest. 

PONY UP FOR A PRE-LIST INSPECTION 

The No. 1 thing that can derail a sale is the home inspection. No matter how well you maintain your home, it’s always possible that an inspection will turn up something unexpected. Consider investing a few hundred dollars in a pre-list inspection so you find these things before there’s a sale on the line. Depending on what’s found, you can either fix the issues before listing, or be prepared to adjust your asking price accordingly. 

MAX OUT YOUR CURB APPEAL 

Fixing up your exterior landscaping is one of the most important things you can do before listing your home. And you need to be vigilant about keeping it up. As many as 75 per cent of buyers drive by a property after seeing the listing online, so your home needs to look great at all times—not just before an open house. You don’t need costly upgrades, but you do need to make sure the lawn is in good shape, the garbage bins are hidden out of sight and the entryway is clutter-free. Don’t give any potential buyer a reason to think your home isn’t well taken care of. 

REPAIR WINTER WEAR AND TEAR 

In northern areas, winter can do a lot of damage to a home, so as soon as the weather starts to turn, give your home a full once-over—inside and out. Outside, you’ll want to inspect the foundation for any cracks, repair damaged siding and peeling paint and check the roof for missing or broken shingles. You should also assess your driveway, deck and porch and make repairs as needed. Inside you’ll want to check the attic to make sure no critters came in over the winter. Also, check the basement for mould and run a dehumidifier to get rid of any dampness. If you list your house without checking off these boxes, you could end up paying for it with a lower selling price. 

KNOW YOUR ‘HOOD 

The timing of your listing is crucial in the spring market. If you list too early, you may not have many interested parties. If you’re too late, you could miss the prime buying period. Every real estate market is different, so if you want to get top dollar for your home, it’s important to understand the intricacies of your local market. Consult a real estate agent who specializes in your area to determine the best time to list based on past, present and anticipated market conditions.