Spring is probably the best time of year to sell your property – the daffodils are out, the days are getting longer and your garden is finally coming to life.
Many buyers have some spare time to look at properties over the Easter period and it’s traditionally one of the busiest times of year in the property market. If you are thinking of marketing your property in the spring, now is a good time to take a good hard honest look at your home to make sure it’s presented in the best possible light.
Well-presented houses are selling for a premium, sometimes as much as 10% over similar less well presented properties. Try and get a friend or family member to come and have a look and give you an honest and independent opinion. A good honest estate agent is also a valuable source of advice.
First impressions are crucial so pay particular attention to this area, including gates, paths, steps, front garden, external paintwork and, of course, your front door, touch up gloss paintwork that may have got chipped.
Outside loose guttering or drains and cracked paving or driveways should be repaired where possible.
The most important rooms in the house are the kitchen and bathrooms – get this right and you will woo those buyers. Remember these are the rooms that come furnished. Clear work surfaces, check your grouting, fresh white grouting can brighten a kitchen or bathroom tremendously. A really good tip is to buy some plastic crates and put all unnecessary cosmetics, shampoos, tooth brushes etc in them and do the same in the kitchen with all those unused appliances and utensils.
Don’t forget that wonderful space where all the mail, notes, reminders and papers live – buyers really do not want to see this. A good principle is ‘less is more’ – a de-cluttered room with empty work surfaces looks bigger and more inviting. Clear space in your garage by getting rid of unwanted items and store un-necessary items in there (buyers will not mind if this is full of boxes) or failing that consider hiring a storage container.
Spring is a great time to get that garden in order – a well looked after garden with trimmed bushes and cut lawn looks bigger and pressure washed decking and patios more inviting (and less slippery)! Clear up pet droppings and ensure your boundary fences are tidy and in good repair. Adding a touch of colour with some potted bedding plants or hanging baskets can add a bit of charm to your garden and you can take them with your when you move!
Use your nose – eliminate any unpleasant odours. Be particularly aware of pets, stale smoke and stale cooking odours. Discreet use of air fresheners can be helpful. Finally a large vase of flowers can offer a pleasant welcome to would-be buyers.