After a strange winter that was actually filled with snow, ice, and frigid temperatures; spring is being welcomed even more than usual, and not just for baseball games and crawfish boils.  Warm temperatures and sunshine aside, this is the time of the year when prospective homebuyers come out of hibernation.  If you are planning on selling your home, this is the time of the year to make sure it is ready to be shown, and ready to shine.  Here are 5 tips for preparing your home for a spring sale.

Take Care of Small Repairs and Maintenance

While you have a home inspection done before any sale is finalized, it’s a good idea to take care of some of the more minor repairs you may have been putting off before your house goes on the market.  If a prospective buyer notices something small, it can give them the impression that there are larger issues looming.  Tightening knobs and handles, replacing light bulbs, and fixing a small leak can all pay major dividends.

Clean the Outside of Your Home

Curb appeal is a major factor when it comes to selling your home.  This will be the first and most important impression for anyone considering purchasing your home.  Cleaning out your gutters, pressure washing, and adding a fresh coat of paint are well helpful ways to ensure you put your best foot forward.

Address Your Landscaping

Likewise, the landscaping around your home can be a great visual enhancement.  Seed any bare spots in your lawn, keep it freshly mowed, trim bushes, weed, and plant some fresh, bright flowers.

Update and Refresh Your Front Door

Make your front door pop.  Adding a fresh coat of paint, possibly a color that compliments and contrasts with the rest of your home, and replacing old and worn out door numbers can make for an inviting entrance.

De-clutter and De-personalize

Buyers want to be able to visualize their stuff in your home.  You can make this easier by de-cluttering and de-personalizing as much as possible.  Not only will this make the space appear bigger, but it will easily allow visitors to mentally envision this home as theirs.  Removing any knickknacks, photos, refrigerator magnets, and other items like excess and bulky furniture can go a long way in selling your home.

Lastly, once these and other items are taken care of, hire a REALTOR®.  Your REALTOR® will make sure your best interests are protected, as well provide great insight, expertise, and resources for the sale of your home.