Are Your Listings Ready for the Spring Buying Season?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

kitchen_stoveIt’s time to get those listings ready for the spring! A recent article in U.S. News & World Report by Luke Mullins, 10 Cheap Ways to Boost Your Home’s Sales Price by Spring, offers up some affordable ideas for getting a property in selling-ready shape in time for the spring sale season. Among the ideas in the article:

1.)  Touch up the paint on the front door—it’s one of the first places buyers will look!

2.) Paint the interior a light yellow or cream color that creates a nice constrast with white woodwork.

3.) Update the light fixtures, particularly in the entrance and the foyer.

4.) Buy a stove to jazz up your kitchen. There’s no need for an expensive kitchen remodeling job: An updated kitchen stove for about $700-$800 may be enough.

5.) Remove mildew from the caulking and replace stained sinks in the bathrooms.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. One thing I’ve learned is touching up paint hardly ever works out, getting a good match to the paint is too challenging. Painting the front door is a simple project that won’t take too long and will go a long way in presenting a fresh home right from the start.

  2. Thank you for these helpful hints. Sellers may respond better to a paid stage that the agent!! We all like to listen to the expert. Margaret C.