Spring Cleaning Tips To Help Sell Your Home
Spring has long been considered one of the best times of year to buy and sell property, and with the warmer weather here at last, there’s no better time than now to start preparing your home for sale.
To help guide your spring cleaning efforts, we’ve put together a list of our top tips on how to make your property sparkle and ensure you attract the right buyer to your home.
Eliminate the clutter
Your first step in preparing your home for sale should be to start removing any excess clutter and unnecessary items from around your home. Although a few tasteful decorative items can be a great way to give your property some personality, too much can make your property feel cramped and seem smaller than it really is.
Ultimately, buyers want to be able to picture themselves living in the property, but this can be challenging if your home is filled with family photos and personal items. Grab some boxes and start sorting – you’ll be surprised at how spacious your home feels once you’re done!
Clean from top to bottom
Before you host your first open house, it’s important to scrub your property from top to bottom and pay close attention to areas you might not ordinarily consider. Try to be objective and imagine you are looking at your home for the first time – what do you notice? Are there watermarks on your windows? Is there dust on your skirts? Could your stainless steel do with a polish?
While we may not necessarily notice these sorts of things in our own home, you can be assured that a potential buyer certainly will! Allow yourself the time to ensure you can get the job done properly, or you could even consider bringing in some hired help.
Consider your curb appeal
The front of your house is the first thing potential buyers will see, so it’s well worth spending some time making sure that your curb appeal is up to scratch. Set aside an afternoon to remove any weeds and cut back any overgrown bushes, and you might even consider some fresh mulch to freshen up your garden beds.
If your driveway is looking a little dull, you could consider using a pressure washer to brighten it up and make it look like new, and it’s a good idea to clean out your guttering too. Before every open house, ensure that your lawns are freshly mowed and your entryway is as neat as possible. Remember, first impressions count!
Don’t forget the finishing touches
Lastly, consider the finishing touches the can help set your property apart from the rest. Before your potential buyers are due to arrive, straighten your cushions, give the door handles one last polish and open the windows to let in some fresh air. Even a simple bouquet of fresh flowers or the lighting of a scented candle can have a powerful effect on a buyers perception of your property, and ensuring that everything is picture perfect it’s well worth the effort involved.
For more great advice on selling your property this spring, contact your local Stockdale & Leggo office.