5th March 2019
Beat the rush and prepare your home for a spring sale
According to house seller advice site TheAdvisory.co.uk, between February and June is the best time to put your property on the market. Traditionally there are more buyers at this time of year and the better weather and longer days gives you a great opportunity to showcase your home when its brighter and your gardens is in full bloom.
With two Bank Holidays to look forward to in May, now is the perfect time to get your property spruced up ready for an Estate Agent Valuation and the prospective viewings that will follow.
We’ve put together our top tips to help you make sure your home is market-ready!
Have a declutter
If you have not done a decluttering exercise for some time, this might seem a little overwhelming. Focus on one room at a time and spend as long as is needed to get each room looking clutter free.
- Prepare 4 bins as follows:
- Throw away
- Go through each room and put items in their respective bin.
- Put away items back to their original ‘home’. You may need to purchase some new storage boxes/shelving so that you are not just moving items from room to room.
Remember that prospective purchasers don’t want to be distracted by clutter when they view a property, they want to see the space within each room, so the more you can clear the decks, the better.
Refresh the paintwork
We’re not suggesting spending money on a whole redecoration project if you are selling your property, but if certain rooms look really tired due to wear and tear, then refreshing the paintwork will really freshen thing up. Dark rooms can also put prospective buyers off, so keep the decoration neutral and light.
Don’t forget to clean the windows (inside and out) too to keep everything looking clean.
Lighting can enhance any space and give a feeling of warmth and freshness. Go around your home and check for any lightbulbs that need replacing. If you have lamp timers, adjust these to come on at dusk to welcome viewers who visit your property after work.
Fix and Repair
Mould build up, lose door handles and abandoned garden waste can give buyers the impression that a lot of work needs to be done on the property. Check that your garden is as tidy as possible and clear away last year’s autumn leaves. Inside the property, go through each room and carry out those small repair jobs that may not take you long, but can make a better impression on prospective buyers.
Whether you’re looking to market your property before or after Easter, our experienced Sales Team in Chester are able to advise on the best strategy for you. Book your complimentary, no-obligation valuation and take advantage of the market in full bloom this spring.
If you would like more tips about how to prepare your home for a spring sale take a look at our Guide to presenting your home for sale and conducting viewings.