Punxsutawney Phil Says Spring is on Its Way

It’s official, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, which means spring could be on its way.

Spring is a time of excitement and re-growth, and that always means an exciting time for the  real estate industry. Spring is a time when home buyers are ready to get serious. The weather is nice, the children are out of school and the time is right. But are your listings ready?

Get an advantage on the spring housing rush and get started on staging your listings for the season. Below are some helpful staging tips to help make your listings sparkle this spring.

Clear out the winter clutter

We all do it. Things just start to add up during winter. You skip the big chores to stay cuddled near the fire. You put off major projects until warmer weather. Well, now is the time. It doesn’t matter how beautiful your home is if no one can see from underneath the clutter. Take a weekend and give your home the good deep-clean it’s been needing.

And if you’re a real estate agent, let your sellers know the major selling power of a clean house. Give your clients a checklist like this one from HGTV to help get them started.

Shape up your landscaping

When it comes to shaping up your listings this spring, don’t forget to give your yard some much needed TLC. You want your listing’s yard to draw buyers in, not scare them away. Basic lawn care like a clean and mowed yard can go a long way in attracting buyers. If you want to get a little more creative, throw in some mulch and flowers for a captivating landscaping. And for real estate agents, give your clients a list of trusted local landscapers just in case.

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Highlight bright colors

Winter is all about feelings of warmth and comfort. Spring, on the other hand, is all about movement and feeling alive. It’s time to swap out the warm hues of winter for the bright hues of spring. Bring out feelings of springtime with vibrant colors and statement pieces.

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But be wary, don’t go overboard. A pop of bright color is often just enough. Here are some quick tips for achieving the perfect springtime brightness in your listings:

  • Add loud pop to a neutral palette
  • Brighten up the bathrooms
  • Change heavy winter bedding for something light and crisp
  • Throw in fun colored accent pillows

You change your wardrobe for spring, so why not encourage your sellers to change up their style too?

Bring the outdoors indoors

One of the best parts of springtime is the opportunity to be outdoors. You can easily bring in the smell and feel of spring with these quick fixes:

  • Open up the windows and doors to let in the fresh air
  • Use a crisp, springtime scented diffuser
  • Add fresh flowers or green succulents to your décor

Agents, advise your sellers to be careful not to over do it. Sellers should pick one crisp scent to stick with. You want your listing to have the airy smell and feel of spring, not overwhelm potential buyers over with smells and flowers.

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Punxsutawney Phil has spoken; an early spring is on it’s way. Now is the time to make sure your listings are springtime ready!

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