4 Tips for Preparing for a Spring Housing Market

We’ve talked before about the essential tips that can help to sell your home in winter, but as the weather begins to warm and the promise of spring lingers in the air, we thought it was time for a long awaited, spring-specific update. Below, we’ve brought together four key ideas that can be hugely beneficial to any homeowner looking to sell their home, as the Apple Valley and Lakeville real estate housing market begins to flourish.

1) Go all-in on floral displays

Most of us naturally associate spring with flowers, so opting for plentiful floral displays is a great way to take advantage of the wonders of the season. You can display classic spring flowers such as yellow tulips and daffodils throughout your home in vases; yellow is thought to encourage feelings of contentment and happiness, which should be conducive to a potential sale. You can use fresh flowers if you prefer, but it is worth considering investing in high-quality faux flowers that will last for the entire season; combined with “lightly” scented floral room sprays or essential oil diffusers, the effect for buyers is the same, but more cost-effective for your wallet.

2) Introduce pastels via decorative flourishes

While there’s no need to completely redecorate your home for spring, focusing on pastel colors when choosing your home’s decorative touches can really help to highlight the delights of the season. Focus on light pinks, blues, yellows, and purples for items such as towels, rugs, and throw pillows; these can be replaced at a relatively low cost to you, while still ensuring that your home looks seasonally appropriate.

3) Focus on your garden

Whatever the season, it’s fair to assume that prospective buyers will want to see well-manicured outdoor spaces. However, in spring, a beautiful garden can be the difference between a sale and a refusal. As a result, it’s advisable to overhaul your outdoor space; sweep up any lingering fall leaves, mow your lawn, tend your flower beds, and ensure any water features are working correctly. Furthermore, if the flowers in your garden have yet to bloom, then you can plant mature flowers such as daffodils, tulips, and peonies in containers for an instant splash of color that any buyer is sure to appreciate. (Keep in mind our Minnesota weather may also have some frosty surprises in May or June!)

4) Spring clean your way to high-shine finishes

If you’re selling your home in spring, you can benefit from a natural advantage: there will be plenty of natural light and brightness, but without the often-stifling heat of summer – the best of both worlds. As a result, you’ll need to ensure your home is as clean as possible in order to enjoy the benefits spring daylight can provide. In particular, focus on your windows; they should be clean and streak-free, so the sunlight can naturally pass through and illuminate the interior. It’s also worth polishing all internal mirrors and metalwork – such as door knobs or fireplace surrounds – in order to achieve an impressive high-shine finish that is sure to impress any prospective buyers.

If you have been thinking that “I definitely need to sell my home this spring”, then the tips above should be the perfect place to start. Contact Ryan for a FREE no obligation analysis of your home to get your home listed before the spring rush!

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Ready to Start Your Home Search? Start Here!

The process of buying a new home is undeniably exciting; the next step up the property ladder, and the chance to embrace new goals, or a new phase of your life. However, deciding to buy a new home can also be the beginning of a long road – a little daunting and maybe even a little overwhelming.

Thankfully, help is at hand, with highly-experienced real estate agent Ryan DeRoode able to provide vital assistance from day one of your home-buying adventure.

Start your home buying journey with a free, no obligation consultation

Any good real estate agent knows the value of ensuring they understand exactly what their clients are looking to find, so your home buying journey will begin with a free, no obligation one-to-one meeting with Ryan himself.

During the consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your circumstances, your reason for moving, the type of properties you tend to be drawn to, and the ideal type of home that would work for you. In addition, you will also have the chance to ask Ryan about his professional experience, his knowledge of the Apple Valley and Lakeville real estate markets, and learn more about his dedication to creating a buying process that is tailored to each specific client from start to finish.

Providing the ideal experience for you

During his years of experience finding homes for clients in the Lakeville and Apple Valley real estate markets, Ryan has honed his ability to ensure that you feel 100% comfortable and confident throughout the entire process of finding the perfect home. When working with Ryan, your needs will always be the sole focus.

Ryan believes that the relationship between a real estate agent and their client is crucial to ensuring a stress-free home buying process. As a result, you will continually benefit from Ryan’s desire to prioritize your needs and ensure your happiness throughout the process. As a result, you can expect a professional, yet empathetic experience, that allows you to enjoy all the excitement of buying a new home, without you having to experience any of the potential downsides.

All the benefits of an expert real estate agent

Ryan will then take the information he has learned from you, and customize the home buying experience to your specific needs, aided by his knowledge of the Apple Valley and Lakeville area. You will be guided through the process step-by-step, benefiting from Ryan’s knowledge of all aspects of the real estate market. Ryan’s goal is to empower you to make the right choice for your family, providing you with all the information you need to make a well-informed choice for your future.

Request your free, no obligation consultation today!

If you’re looking to buy a new home and want to work with a real estate agent who will go the extra mile to ensure the process is as simple and comfortable as possible, then Ryan DeRoode is sure to be the right choice for you. To request your free, no obligation consultation, get in touch with Ryan today, and start your journey towards a stress-free home buying experience that is sure to meet – and then exceed – your every expectation.

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Finding the Perfect Home

Once you decide to leave behind your existing home, you may have a vision of “the perfect home” in mind. Finding the perfect home may be a daunting ask, but with a few tips in mind to help shape your vision, finding the right home for you may not be as complicated as you think! What should you consider?

See potential, not just what’s presently there

Love the location, size and price point of a potential home, but can’t get past the 80’s shag carpet and fuchsia colored walls? Try to imagine what the home would look like with a few cosmetic touches. Paint is one of the least-expensive remodeling costs, and a new color can make a tremendous visual impact! Remember, once the home is yours, you’ll be able to put your style and personal tastes in design on each space and truly make it your own. Some of the best home bargains out there are homes where potential buyers lacked vision to see beyond cosmetic appearances.

Inspections are important

Find a home you really like? Get an inspection done to ensure you have a non-biased view of your potential new home. If there are underlying issues that require a tremendous amount of financial resources to resolve, you’ll be glad this was discovered before the home becomes yours. After the home inspection is completed, you’ll have the opportunity to re-negotiate a purchase price, have the current buyer resolve the issues, or possibly walk away, before finalizing your offer.


Budget is important. Before even stepping into your first showing of a potential new home, it’s just good business to have a pre-approval for your loan. This not only helps narrow down your options to a price point that will be comfortable, but helps you avoid disappointment at finding a home you’d love, but would eventually lead to heartbreak due to financial stress. When looking at your budget, also consider your lifestyle. What other activities do you like to participate in? Do you enjoy travel? Going out in Minneapolis? Golf? Skiing? Think of other ways you may enjoy spending your money and be sure your home budget allows for you to continue to participate in other activities you love.

Must haves vs. Nice to haves

Perhaps you’d love to have a lower level master, but an amazing home that meets all of your other criteria has one on the main level. Maybe you’d love to have a wine cellar, but a potential home seems to be missing that amenity. Try making a list of your “must haves” vs. your “nice to haves”. Create two columns, with one for each category. Decide which items would be negotiable, if you were to find a home with a majority of your biggest “must haves”. Then refer to the first item in this article, and see if you can modify to meet the other desired needs.


Once you find a home with a look and style that you really like, consider the impact it has in relation to the other places you spend much of your time. Is it a reasonable distance from where you work, or at least within close access to a major freeway? Are you relatively close to an airport if you need to travel? Check out the community as well, for opportunities to spend your time and recreational dollars, i.e. shopping, nightlife and community events. And, of course, if you have kids or are potentially planning on growing your family, research the schools available.

We would love to be part of your journey in finding your new home. If you’re considering moving to the Lakeville, Apple Valley, or Eagan area, we can help find the perfect community and home for you! Don’t hesitate to call us at (651) 503-4158.

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