March 2019

Five Ways to Get Your Home List-Ready This Spring

Author: Jamie Yarborough

Spring is right around the corner, and that means we’re entering into selling season. Spring brings warmer weather but more competition.

Colette Stevenson, chief executive officer of Multiple Listing Service of Hilton Head Island (HHIMLS), shares her expertise and tips on how you can take advantage of the current sellers’ market and list your home for maximum return.

1. De-clutter. Spring into action with your “spring cleaning” to maximize the beauty and authenticity of your home.

“There are always things we can get rid of that are taking up space. Examples include small appliances that you do not use anymore, old DVD’s and games, and clothes and shoes you have not worn in the last six months. I also focus on donating or throwing out things that tend to gather dust in the top of my closet or under the bed,” Stevenson said.

The popular Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo helps families and individuals find ways to de-clutter their homes and live happily. Marie Kondo, the show host and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, provides tips and tricks on how to maximize spaces and figure out what home items truly make you happy.

2. Install smart technology. Installing smart technology in your home is a great way to save money and increase the value of your home if you are looking to sell in the future. A few trending technologies on the market right now are the smart locks, video doorbells, security systems, smart switches, and remote-controlled lighting and shades.

“One trend I see that has saved most buyers a lot of money is smart thermostats,” Stevenson said. “On average, they save anywhere from $100 to $200 a year, and that is money that can be reinvested into the home or saved for a rainy day.”

Not only can smart technology enhance your home’s value, but it can also facilitate a faster sale.

“Although you may not see a huge home value increase, you will be able to separate your house from the crowd when it comes to showing it,” Stevenson said. “Whether you are looking to sell now or later, these home additions can save you money and make living in your home more enjoyable. Make sure the technologies you are choosing are recognizable brands and come with warranties in case problems arise.”

3. Invest your tax refund into your home. Using your tax refund is a great way to jump-start your home improvements. Many improvements can be made that not only save you money annually but can also bring you a more significant return when selling your home.

“There are so many things homeowners can accomplish with their tax refunds. A few things I always recommend that provide a great return on investment are: exterior paint, a tankless water heater, and a storm door. Painting your home is easy to put off because it is a little pricier than many home improvements. Fresh paint not only enhances your curb appeal, but it also provides a new layer of protection for your home,” Stevenson said.

On average, tankless water heaters are more than 25 percent more efficient than conventional water heaters. Another bonus is that these heaters have almost twice the lifespan of a traditional water heater. Another great money saver is the installation of a storm door. Homes lose more than 10 percent of their heat through door and windows, so installing a storm door will reduce this loss and save energy costs.

4. Enhance curb appeal. Spring is the perfect time to bring new life to the exterior of your home.

“Homes that appear clean with sophisticated landscaping are perceived to be valued 10 percent higher than similar homes without it,” Stevenson said. “Cleaning the exterior of your home or adding that fresh coat of paint can make a big difference when it comes to selling your home sooner than later; pressure washing your driveway and patio should not be overlooked.”
Landscaping is an affordable way to boost the home’s value by enhancing its curb appeal. Curved flowerbeds, fresh straw, and well-tended grass are a few things that can bring a fresh look to your home.

5. Make small changes. If you are not ready to dive knee-deep into the total home renovation process, making smaller changes can still change the aesthetic of your home and increase its value.

“Small changes that I see homebuyers love are modern faucets, backsplashes in the kitchen and bathrooms, modern and efficient light fixtures, and new doors. These changes are affordable and give you a great return on your investment,” Stevenson said.

Committing to one or all of the tips above will help your home stand out when listing this spring.

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