Spring is in full swing and it’s a good time to sell, so you may well be considering listing your property on the market this month.
With gardens looking great and the sun shining, you’ve got a great opportunity to show off your home.
Other sellers, however, have also got the same idea. What can you do to make your home stand out from the crowd? Take a look at these 5 simple tips to get your home up to scratch.
1. Complete any leftover odd jobs
Remember that leaking tap or blocked drain that you said you were going to fix? Now is the best time to do it. Although they’re not huge issues, every little bit helps to craft a potential buyer’s impression of your property.
If you don’t ensure that your property is in good working order, the buyer might use it to their advantage and try to haggle a discount off of your property. This alone is a great reason to get these things done, sooner rather than later.
2. Have a spring clean
Excess mess can be incredibly off-putting, so before you start handing out guided tours of your home, make sure you have a thorough spring clean. This doesn’t just mean sorting out your old filing – it means decluttering any sides and work surfaces that might be littered with bills and moving around your furniture to clean those hard-to-reach places.
When doing this, think with the mind of a buyer. What will they want to see when walking into a room? Use this to your advantage and ensure your property is clean.
3. Use kerb appeal to your advantage
The spring months are glorious for weather, so why not use this to your advantage? Put on your gardening gloves and tidy up your front garden. Mow the lawn, add in some colourful flowers and consider placing a few hanging baskets near your porch to frame the front door of your home.
First impressions really do count, so if you can use your garden to create a positive atmosphere before the buyers even set foot through the door, you’re off to a great start.
4. Consider redecorating
If you’ve lived in your property for a number of years, it might be time to redecorate. This is especially true if you’ve got kids or pets, as your walls might be littered with greasy marks and discoloured patches. You might be used to these, but they’ll stick out like a sore thumb to a first-time visitor and can detract from your property’s true charm.
Head to your local paint supplier and plan out a colour-scheme for your rooms. Neutral colours are usually best, but there’s no shame in asking for help. If in doubt, a shop employee will likely be happy to advise you on the best options.
5. Speak with a local real estate agent
It’s well worth getting in touch with a local real estate agent early in the sales process, as they’ll be able to advise on what other changes you could make. They’ll have an in-depth knowledge of the local area and what features are in highest demand, so their input will be invaluable.