Mark Twain described spring fever, saying, "When you've got it, you want -- oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" According to Realtor.com, spring is the perfect time to sell your home. Why not capitalize on Twain's spring fever symptom by feeding your buyers burning desire for something new?
Make the most of your annual spring cleaning by staging your home at the same time. Use spring's positive associations in your staging both inside and outside. When buyers feel the fullness of the season, your home will almost market itself. Here are some ways to let spring help you sell your home.
1. Quit "nesting" and freshen up. Winter causes people to create a cozy environment with throw blankets and other clutter than make a room feel snug and welcoming. Begin your spring staging with a good spring cleaning. Pack up the comfy clutter to give your home a clean, fresh appeal. Pay special attention to windows. When the sunshine streams through sparkling windows, your home is filled with optimism.
2. Use colour to your advantage. Yellow and red both create an urge to purchase. According to Entrepreneur, yellow is the first color our eyes can perceive. A small, yellow display in a boutique can sometimes cause us to stop in our tracks and stare at it. Why not make the most of this phenomenon by bringing spring inside? Transplant some daffodils in a pot and place them strategically near one of your home's most attractive features. For a red accent, try tulips. Bringing nature inside and using colour to your advantage is a great way to inspire buyers.
3. Ready your closets for spring. Removing winter clothes from your closet may seem impractical as you face a season known for wild temperature swings. However, you should box up your dark, winter wear and make your closets sing about spring with plenty of room and pretty pastels hanging in a row. Keep your closets no more than half full and remove everything from the floor. Your staged closets may even cause you to catch spring fever too.
4. Change the scent. In the fall and winter, you may have baked cookies or used a cinnamon scent to create a welcoming environment. However, in the spring, clean, fresh scents become alluring. Use fragrances that mimic beach scents, citrus scents, or light floral scents. For even more impact, keep fresh flowers in each room.
5. Capitalize on potted plants. Since your yard is probably still only beginning to wake from its winter sleep, use potted plants to add life. First, remove all traces of dead foliage and any piles of leaves. Next, arrange several pots together, making sure to vary their heights. Place a grouping of pots by the back door, the front door, on patio corners, and even at logical points in the yard. Annuals, like petunias and impatiens, are inexpensive and readily available at big box stores before customers even remove their winter coats.
6. Add a splash of calming colour. Replace your checked flannel throw blanket with pastel pillows. Replicate your chosen pastel with candles and a figurine or two. Add some pastel towels to your bathrooms. Great seasonal colours include coral, sea-foam green, soft yellow, and robin's-egg blue. Use just enough colour to suggest spring without overpowering your buyer.
While you are busy spring cleaning, take a moment to make your home feel more that just clean. A few extra touches can create the feeling that spring has moved indoors. Spring brings with it the promise of lazy summer days and warm summer evenings. If Mark Twain's assessment of spring fever is correct, when buyers sense that optimism, an offer is sure to follow.