Spring is one of the busiest times of the year for Starkey&Brown. The beginning of a new year often means a new start and, with the crisp sunshine and abundance of plants, shrubs and flowers filling gardens with bursts of colour, spring is the perfect time to put your property on the market?
Preparation is key for when viewers to come through your door. Accentuating a property’s best features whilst ensuring it is still neutral enough to attract any buyers is a tough task, but there are certain steps which can be taken to ensure your property stands out for all the right reasons.
In the case of most properties, the garden and the exterior of the house is the first thing any prospective buyer will see.
First impressions are key so tidy up driveways, cut lawns and rake any debris and leaves away from borders.
If the garage door is looking a little tired a quick lick of paint will bring it back to life, and wipe the winter grime from guttering, windows and ledges.
BATHROOMS AND KITCHENS
For most homebuyers, these two rooms are the most important rooms of the whole house.
The kitchen is the heart of the home where families will sit down to a nicely prepared dinner so, while it’s not important to have a designer kitchen in place, ensure that the one you have is clean, floors are mopped or steam cleaned and the worktops are sparkling.
Put cups, plates, pots, pans or anything which is normally on top of the worktops in the cupboard when you have a viewing, it gives the feeling of cleanliness and shows the buyer potential space without clutter.
The bathroom really needs to be scrubbed so it’s sparkling. No one wants to walk in to shower scum or mould around the taps. Wipe down tiles, put toiletries out of sight and put the toilet lid down.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Ensure the first room which leads on from your front door is full of light, whether it’s a hallway, lounge or kitchen. Replace dim light bulbs and throw open curtains or blinds to let natural light in.
Install extra lighting fixtures in areas without windows, such as stairwells and hallways. There are bulbs available which mimic natural daylight. Meanwhile prune any trees which may cast shadows over rooms or windows.