STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (April 6, 2016) – Seventy-five percent of Americans believe that now is a good time to buy a house, according to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors®. That’s great news for Staten Islanders hoping to sell their home this spring.
“Seasonal patterns can differ somewhat depending on climate and where you are in the country, but generally speaking, spring is the busiest season for home buying and selling,” said Claire Bisignano Chesnoff, president of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR). “The weather is pleasant, days are longer and curb appeal is at its peak, making it an ideal home shopping season.”
However, one disadvantage for sellers in some markets is housing inventory: It tends to skyrocket in the spring.
So how can you make your home stand out amongst all the others? Here are some tips from SIBOR to help you sell your Staten Island home for the best price this season:
Clean, clean and clean some more. It may be cliché, but make sure that your home is ‘spring clean’ throughout the entire selling process. “When potential home buyers walk inside, they should see a well-organized, sparklingly clean house,” said Ms. Bisignano Chesnoff. “If you can do nothing else, keep floors and windows scrubbed clean, take out trash and recycling frequently, and keep any clutter stored and out of the way.”
Bring fresh flowers indoors. Springtime brings fresh flowers which, when brought inside, can be used as low-cost decor and fragrance. “Many people prefer natural to artificial scents, making this a perfect staging technique for open houses,” said Ms. Bisignano Chesnoff. “Just be aware that some buyers may have allergies, so avoid flowers with high pollen counts like daisies, chrysanthemums or sunflowers.”
Improve your curb appeal. How your home looks when buyers walk up to it can be just as important as how it looks when they walk into it. “It is important to make sure that your home’s exterior is kept clean and well maintained throughout the season,” said Ms. Bisignano Chesnoff. “At the very least, keep the grass trimmed by mowing regularly, make sure your shrubs and flower beds are well-tended and scrub or paint over any stains or chipped paint on your home’s exterior.
Let the light in. Take advantage of the longer, warmer days by opening up your windows and brightening up your home. “Keep your blinds open and your curtains pulled back to let in as much natural light as possible,” said Ms. Bisignano Chesnoff. “If a room doesn’t receive much sunlight, a well-placed mirror can help capture and reflect light from other rooms to brighten a space.”
By following a few tips and making a couple of simple improvements, you can make your home more appealing to buyers and hopefully help sell it quickly this spring.
If you are interested in selling or buying a home this spring, contact SIBOR.
About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)
Having marked its 100th anniversary in October 2015, the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit professional and trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.
SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically, and promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.
Comprised of approximately 1,800 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.
SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,700 real estate transactions every year.
All SIBOR Realtors belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 and viewed online at www.SIBOR.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors” and on Twitter via @SIBOR.