Trying to sell your home this spring? Check out these ideas for Springfield, MO real estate open houses.
You know how every year when spring comes you put your sweaters, boots and coats away and dust off your “I hope it still fits” spring and summer wear? Well a home needs the same attention, especially if it’s on the market. Here the expert agents at Southwest Missouri Realty offer a few creative tips on selling your home in the spring in the modern day Springfield, MO real estate climate.
Spring is synonymous with light -- lightness of being, lightness of attitude, lightweight clothing, and lightness of color. If you have little time and/or money, an easy way to introduce lightness into your home is to start with textured items like pillows, throws, curtains and rugs. Change them to ones that turn your mind to warmer weather. A few ways to do so is by using brightly colored, flower-patterned pillows; replacing your wool blankets with linen and/or cotton throws; replacing dark curtains with sheer ones that flutter effortlessly in a spring breeze; and covering high-traffic floors with straw mats and other indoor/outdoor materials that remind you of nature.
Use Flowers and Plants
When potential buyers are out perusing real estate listings – online or off – one thing that catches their eye is beauty. And nothing is more beautiful than flowers in bloom.
Assess the front of your home with an eye towards where you can place brightly colored flowers. Do you have a few windows where you could hang window boxes filled with colorful blooms? What about a porch? Can you line the steps with pots of vibrant blossoms? By adding a few of the aforementioned items, you’ll make sure your home gets the attention it deserves.
However, it’s not just the outside of your home that you’ll want to “beautify” – it’s the inside, too. You can do this by strategically placing plants throughout your home. Large, leafy plants like a fiddle-leaf fig can bring drab, empty corners to life in a burst of green, while voluminous, leafy plants in the dracaena and fern family provide just the hint of nature a nightstand, coffee table or fireplace mantle needs to announce spring.
Let There Be Light
If you have a room in your home that doesn't get enough light, place some mirrors strategically throughout. Mirrors reflect light and instantly brighten up any space.
Tip: If a room has only one window, try to place a mirror where the outside can be reflected. This literally brings the outside in.
Make Your Walls Speak
Have you had the same artwork on your walls year after year? Like changing the soft furnishings, switching up the art on your walls is a quick way to lighten things up for spring. If you can, try finding pieces that reflect the season, e.g., pieces that are radiant, refreshing and engaging. It’s a quick way to add value to your Springfield, MO real estate property.
Tip: If you don’t want to change a piece but do want to update it, a simple frame change can do wonders, as well as adding or changing matting to make a piece “pop.”
Punch Up the Exterior
Many homeowners take great care to prepare the interior of their home for sale, and this is good. But the same amount of attention should be paid to the exterior -- especially the front -- because it's the first thing that potential buyers see. Obvious basics like keeping the grass cut and pulling weeds from flowerbeds are a no brainer for sprucing up your Springfield, MO real estate property. However, there are things that you’ll want to do that may not immediately come to mind as well. Below we’ll highlight a few of those things.
Front door mat: Replace faded or worn ones with a new one.
House numbers: Are yours crooked, missing letters or numbers and/or so faded that it can barely be seen? Replace them with shiny, new, easily recognizable ones.
Exterior: Years of grime buildup, mold and/or other dingy growths can make your home look old and uncared for. Pressure washing can melt the years away, giving it a fresh, clean, pristine sparkle that makes it look years younger.
Springfield, MO Real Estate Listing: Does Your Home Stand Out?
The beauty and warmth of spring brings out buyers who may have been hibernating through the cold of the winter months. As such, there are many luxury homes for sale in Springfield, MO competing for their attention. All it takes is a little creative effort to make yours stand out.
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