Spring clean your home for a seasonal sale
A hint of sunshine and the emergence of spring bulbs in the garden is enough to make most people feel a lot more positive about life in general.
For those serious about selling property, now is the time to move their home out of the winter and early-spring blues and to keep one step ahead of the competition.
Here at The Nottingham (via Harrison Murray Estate Agency and Nottingham Estate Agency, both of which are part of the society) we say there are some simple, yet effective, tips - most of which are nicer and easier to do now the weather has picked up - that can help with first impressions and achieve a sale.
Network property sales manager Richard Bocock said: “Spring is traditionally a time when a lot of people think seriously about moving, and there are a number of useful things they can do to get their homes sale-ready and to put them ahead of the competition when it comes to property presentation.”
Here’s the advice:
The real crux of a spring clean, to make or at least give the illusion of more space, is de-cluttering. In preparation for viewings, pack away any items that may make the home look crowded. Potential buyers will want to imagine themselves in the property with their belongings. Ensure any drying laundry is hidden from view, and if part of the home is used as an office, clear away any paperwork.
Look good - inside and out
As well as considering a neutral look for the interior of the home with an all-over lick of magnolia or something similar, think about the exterior. Check and repair any garden gates or fences, paint window frames and clean window panes, clear paths of weeds and make the entrance inviting with some freshly planted pot plants. Giving the property kerb appeal is the first step to engaging with a buyer and creating a great first impression.
Keep it simple
Less is more, as the saying goes - and people don’t have to spend a fortune when it comes to interiors. A few strategically placed throws and rugs to tone down any patterned sofas or carpets will bring older interiors up to date. Create some optical illusions by placing furniture at angles around the room.
Make the most of space
Where there is a small kitchen every inch of space counts. We probably all have more gadgets than we need or use, so put them away out of sight and leave worktops clutter-free. Making the most of drawer or cupboard space, and installing space saving ideas like tilt-out bins is a great move. Shelves and racks can also address the storage issue.
The majority of homeowners use their garage for storing everything apart from the car, so keeping it clutter free will give viewers an idea of how much space there is. They may have their own ideas for garage use – so keep tools, Christmas decorations and other items stored in boxes or hooked on the wall. Don’t hide this vital space under a pile of ‘junk’.
Gardens and patios can seem a bit dull at this time of year, but vendors can still make the most of what space they have with a general tidy up and simple repairs. Plant-up containers of late winter or early spring flowers, and make the most of the view by cleaning the windows inside and out. A few bird feeders will attract wildlife and create a lovely outside picture.
Choose an agent wisely
It goes without saying that an estate agent should be reputable. Choose an agent, like Harrison Murray or Nottingham Estate Agency, who are long established in the area and are members of the Property Ombudsman Scheme. Or get a personal recommendation from friends.