With the ‘beast from the east’ expected to return in time for Easter it might not feel like spring at the moment. However, it's always important to be prepared and never more so then when trying to sell your home.
Spring has always been a popular time to market homes. If you're planning on putting your property up for sale in the next few weeks, check out our top tips before you do.
Think bright and light
It may seem pointless to change your accessories or your colour scheme when you’re selling your home but it could make a big difference in attracting buyers. For the most part those people viewing your property will be able to look past your décor, as they’re likely to decorate themselves, but it doesn’t hurt to spruce things up and make your home seasonally attractive. Replacing heavy curtains with lighter fabrics, for example, or adding some bright or pastel coloured cushions to your couch can make a big difference. Just as in the winter you want to make your home seem cosy and warm, in spring your go-to words should be light, bright and clean. And remember, if all else fails – add flowers!
Sell the outside
After months of miserable weather, the slightest sign of sunshine gets us all excited about the spring and summer months – spending time in the garden, relaxing after work while the kids play (creating a picture perfect scene in our heads that belies the reality of the standard Scottish rainy summers but hey ho!). Help to sell that dream by making the most of your outdoor space. Make sure it’s neat and tidy, mow the lawn (apparently mowing the lawn diagonally makes the garden look bigger) and add some potted plants.
It may be a bit of a stretch that the smell of freshly baked bread can entice buyers but it’s certainly the case that a bad smelling home will put a lot of people off. Fill your house with the aroma of spring with flowers (told you – if all else fails!) and light and fresh scents. And if you’ve just cut the grass anytime soon make sure you leave the windows open.
Deep clean your carpets
With the recent run of weather, the chances are you’ve just spent the best part of three months holed up at home! More people in the house for longer periods means more opportunity for stains and smells to get into the carpet – not to mention muddy, wet shoes coming in from the cold (when you do actually need to leave the house). Before you market your home this spring get your carpets deep cleaned. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.
Make sure to do a good clear-out, before your property goes on the market, to make it as attractive as possible to potential buyers. Box-up items that you don’t regularly use and pop them in storage. You’ll come across various items that you no longer need, so make a trip to the local charity shop with these or sell them on eBay. This will save you valuable time before you have to move house too!
Are you thinking of selling this spring?
If you are looking to make a move this spring, why not find out what your property is worth? Book your free property valuation today.