While it may not feel like spring in the Southern Adirondacks, the spring equinox is March 20, which means the busiest season for home sales is right around the corner. Buyers will soon descend upon our quiet piece of Upstate NY looking for their dream homes, as sellers scramble to ready their properties for sale.
So how do you ensure your Lake George or Bolton Landing home stands out in this competitive real estate market? Follow these 5 home staging tips for spring – with a little re-organization and a few finishing touches, your home will be ready to sell in no time!
5 Home Staging Tips for Spring
- Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning
If you’re prepping your house for sale, you’ll want to go above and beyond your regular spring cleaning routine. Wash your homes interior and exterior windows, as well as the curtains, drapes and blinds. If you have hardwood floors, consider having them refinished, and contact a professional cleaner for your carpets. Replacing the caulk in your bathroom and cleaning the grout between your kitchen tiles can make a big impact. Even putting a coat of paint on just a room’s trim can make the whole space appear freshly painted.
- Clear Out the Clutter
Ever wonder how model homes and open houses always manage to look so neat and perfect? Rooms and closets appear larger when they are free of clutter, so now is the time to pare down your possessions and re-organize. Since you’re planning to pack eventually anyway, box up anything you aren’t using now, like your bulky winter wardrobe and the fine china. Sort through toys and clothes, and then toss or donate anything your family has outgrown.
- Tidy up Your Yard
In addition to spring cleaning the interior of your home, you’ll want to power wash the outside, as well as the driveway, front walk, porch and any patios or decks. Rake out dead leaves and trim back shrubs and trees. If you’re still worried about a late frost, which is common in the Adirondacks, use potted daffodils or tulips. They’ll give your yard a splash of color, but can be brought inside on chilly spring nights.
- Make a Good First Impression
Most homebuyers decide in the first 60 seconds whether or not they would consider buying your home, so make a good first impression. Give the front door a fresh coat of paint and pick-up a new welcome mat that’s not covered in winter’s salt and sand. Spring weather can be unpredictable, especially for homes in Lake George and Bolton Landing, but a few extra touches in the entryway will ensure you’re prepared for the worst. Add an umbrella stand and a coat rack for rain-soaked house hunters.
- Bring Spring Inside
After a long Adirondack winter, we’re all ready for the first signs of spring. Even if it doesn’t quite feel like spring outside, you can use the colors and scents of the season inside your home to stimulate buying and induce feelings of happiness. Change out those thick winter comforters for crisp, light bed linens in bright colors and floral prints, and add accent pillows, throws and guest towels in pretty pastels. For a breath of fresh springtime air, use fresh-cut flowers or incense, candles and infusers.
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In addition to my experience as a Southern Adirondack Real Estate Agent, I am an accredited home staging professional (ASP). Which means, as your listing agent, I provide FREE personalized home staging advice and tips that can help you sell your home faster and for more money!