Spring happens to be a busy time for Lake Ozark real estate. The weather’s nicer. Families search for a home to move into during summer break. Buyers come out in droves. Now, the first day of spring doesn’t officially take place until March 20th. But you should begin preparing for a spring Lake Ozark home sale now.
How to Prep for a Spring Lake Ozark Home Sale
Fix Everything, Both Big and Small
Last month, we talked about how important it is to fix the small stuff. If you don’t, you risk losing the sale. Take a moment to walk around both the inside and outside of your Lake Ozark home. Look for broken tiles, ripped carpet, smudged or missing trim, torn screens, etc. Make sure the doorbell and lights work. Replace any missing/burned out bulbs. In fact, with the time change coming up on March 11th, you might want to think about upgrading or adding more lighting throughout your home. View your property from a buyer’s perspective.
Ditch the Clutter
Next, when preparing for a spring Lake Ozark home sale, get rid of the clutter. Pack up all seasonal items (decorations, heavy blankets, winter clothing, etc.). Anything you don’t use on a regular basis should be stored away in a rented storage unit (preferred) or stacked neatly in boxes in the garage. Include personal photos or keepsakes in the packing process. Not only will you be clearing the way for a clean home to show, but you will also be getting a jump on your eventual move by packing these things up now.
Clean the Windows
Winter weather provides a beat down on your windows. They’re probably looking a bit filthy right now. Dirty windows make the interior of your Lake Ozark home look dark and dingy. Scrub them until they sparkle. Then, maintain their brilliant shine with weekly cleanings. This makes quick touch-ups before a showing super easy.
Replace Your Welcome Mat
Another way to prep for a spring Lake Ozark home sale is to replace your old, worn out welcome mat. Spring means rain. Rain means mud. You don’t want anyone tracking mud throughout your home, including your own family members. Keep things clean with a brand new welcome mat. Add another one inside any exit point from your home (sliding glass doors, garage door, etc.). Look for heavy, commercial-grade ones to offer the best deterrent for muddy shoe and paw prints.
Don’t Forget the Landscaping
Last but not least, don’t forget the landscaping. Most likely, it took an even harder beating than your windows. When preparing for a spring Lake Ozark home sale, you want your curb appeal on point. First, get rid of weeds and any dead foliage. Next, add fresh mulch. Then, seed the lawn to encourage healthy growth. Finally, add color to your flower beds with fresh perennials.
Even though it’s currently wintertime, you can still prepare for a spring Lake Ozark home sale right now. If the weather outside is frightful, concentrate on what you can do to improve the inside of your home. Then, when you’re ready to list it, contact us.