The spring selling season is often the busiest time for the Dallas real estate market. And it’s no surprise why this makes sense; the weather warms-up and homebuyers are eager to find a new home before the new school year starts.
However, the springtime is when you’re most likely to be hit with more competition in the Dallas real estate market. To sell your home fast, it’s important that you start preparing your house now. When it comes to getting your house noticed, by planning ahead and getting a jump start on your home improvements, when it’s time to your list your house, you’ll do so with a little less stress.
Here are five ways to help your home stand out from the other homes for sale in Dallas.
Remove the Clutter
There’s not a bigger turn off for potential homebuyers than a home that is full of clutter and un-organized. When your house is on the market, it’s important that potential buyers can envision themselves living there. Even if you’ve only lived in your home for a few years, it’s surprising how much stuff can you’ve accumulated.
Here are some ways you can help buyers focus on the great features your home has to offer.
Doorway/Entry Way – When a prospective buyer walks through the door, this is their first look inside. If this is where you keep coats or shoes, consider moving them to a closet. If you have storage in this area, make sure it’s cleaned up and tidy.
Cabinets and Closets – Remove personal items such as medicine, jewelry, and any other items you don’t want to be seen by buyers touring the home. Buyers tend to open up all the doors and drawers. Closets should be neat, organized, and not bursting at the seam with items. Take the time to start getting rid of clothes, shoes, accessories, and any other items you haven’t used in quite some time.
Kitchen – Countertops should only display decorative pieces. Clear off any appliances, including your toaster and coffee maker. Clear the refrigerator of magnets, flyers, and anything else displayed on the front.
Depersonalize the Home
As mentioned above, when your home is for sale, it’s important that a prospective buyer can envision themselves living in the home. Did you know that when your home is staged correctly, it can increase the perceived value of your home? A properly staged home can sell for as much as 6% above the asking price according to a study conducted by Coldwell Banker Real Estate. By leaving too many personalized pieces displayed in your home, it makes buyers feel as though they’re walking through someone else’s house as opposed to a property for sale.
The areas you should focus on when it comes to depersonalizing your home for the Dallas real estate market include:
Personal Effects – Take down family photos, trophies, and artwork. It’s also a good idea to put away your personal hygiene products such as razors, toiletries, and toothbrushes away during showings.
Collections – If you have any large collections such as sports memorabilia, books, coins, or religious artifacts, go ahead and pack them away. Any reading material left out should be neutral.
The outside of your home is the first thing that a buyer sees when they pull up. For many buyers, if the outside isn’t cleaned and well-maintained, they find themselves turned off when they walk into the house. By getting started on the outside now, when the time comes for you to list your home, the outside will be more maintenance than improvements.
Here are some key areas to focus on when cleaning up the outside of your Dallas home.
Yards – If you have lots of trees in your neighborhood, there’s a good chance that many of the leaves have now landed in your front yard. Bag up the leaves, pull weeds from the flowerbeds, and trim the shrubs. If you don’t have any flowers planted, consider planting some to give the front some color.
Porch and Patio – If your home has a large porch or patio, whether it’s in the front or back, this could be a great feature to highlight. For a more appealing look, add a couple of potted plants or consider hanging a wreath. Touch up any chipped paint, and get rid of any outdated patio furniture that doesn’t make the area feel welcoming.
Home Improvements and Repairs
The more you maintain your house, the easier it is to justify the asking price. However, if home buyers see your house for sale in the Dallas real estate market is in need of a lot of repairs, as advised by the home inspector they hire, they may start to negotiate these repairs be fixed before closing or offer a lower sales price.
Before you list your home for sale, consider hiring your own inspection company to conduct a pre-listing inspection. This inspection will give you an idea of what needs to be addressed before a buyer brings in their own home inspector.
Key items to have your home inspector check include:
- Presence of Mold/Mildew
- Chimney (if applicable)
Open Your Home
Homebuyers love bringing nature inside. Take the time to clean all the doors and windows in your home to bring in as much natural light as possible. The cleaner and larger your doors and window are, the larger your home appears. If your home doesn’t offer much natural light, consider adding floor and table lamps to darker areas. When it’s warm enough, open up your doors or crack a window to let the sounds of nature inside, this will also help with making the home smell fresh.