Get your Hertfordshire home Spring sale ready
PUBLISHED: 10:56 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:56 09 February 2016
Suffering from the Winter blues may have, until now, halted sellers' desire to put their property on the market. But for those who are serious about selling, now is the time to move your home out of the cold and keep one step ahead of the competition.
Beating the rush means you can start showcasing your property earlier than others, so now is the perfect time to get serious about selling – say Harrison Murray estate agents and the Nottingham Estate Agency.
There are many simple yet effective tips to give sellers the edge and attract prospective buyers to their property – remembering always that first impressions count.
Su Snaith, Head of Estate Agency, said: “Spring is traditionally a time when people think seriously about moving home, but our message would be to act now to stay one step ahead of the competition and look at ways to get your property sale-ready before the Spring rush.”
And here’s some advice on how:
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 your home look crowded, including toys. Potential buyers will want to imagine themselves in the property with their belongings. Ensure any drying laundry is hidden from view, and if you use part of your home as an office, clear away any paperwork.
Look good – inside and out
It may be worth considering a neutral look for the interior of your home to freshen up the walls and even the woodwork if it is looking a little tired. Clear any wet towels from the bathroom and make sure all the beds are made and clothes packed away.
When it comes to the outside of your property, check and repair any garden gates or fences, paint window frames and clean window panes, clear paths of weeds and make the entrance to your home inviting with some freshly planted pot plants. Giving your home kerb appeal is the first step to engaging with a buyer and creating a great first impression which makes viewers when to stop and take the time to looks around your home.
Keep it simple
Less is more, as the saying goes – and you 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 and clever use of mirrors can also have a positive affect.
Make the most of your space
If you have a small kitchen, every inch of space counts. Try and clear worktops as much as possible to maximise the space. When it comes to the dining room, consider setting the table to show off the space and add appeal to buyers – showing that the dining room is a useable and family-friendly space.
If, like the majority of homeowners, you use your garage for storing everything apart from the car, 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 you can still make the most of what space you have with a general tidy up and simple repairs. Plant 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 your agent wisely
It goes without saying that your estate agent should be reputable. Choose an agent, like Harrison Murray or Nottingham Estate Agency who are long established in your local area and are members of the Property Ombudsman Scheme.