Getting ready for Spring

September 3, 2019 |
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Spring is one of the best times to sell your home for a variety of reasons. As the seller, you’ll want to prepare your home in the right way, as this gives you the best chance of attracting more buyers, achieving a higher sales price, and, ultimately, locking in a successful sale. Here is a guide to help you get your property ready for the market.

Why is spring an ideal time to sell?

Property sellers in Australia often hold off until spring to list their property. One of the reasons is the warmer weather and gardens in bloom, making properties look more appealing and motivate buyers to get out and about after the cold, rainy months. Unsurprisingly, buyers tend to be more inclined to attend open houses when the weather is sunny and mild, rather than overcast and rainy.

Spring’s longer daylight hours, along with people wanting to move in before the Christmas holiday period and new school year are driving factors. The market tends to see an uplift in spring. In turn, sellers recognise more buyers lead to increased competition, higher prices, and possibly a quicker sale for their property.

Strategies for readying your home to sell in spring

Even though sales outcomes tend to be stronger in spring, more sellers and a larger number of properties mean more competition for your property. This means you’ll still need to have a focused strategy to boost your chances of a great sale outcome. Ideally this strategy will include property staging and presentation. Follow these tips to maximise your property’s appeal to buyers.

Spring clean

Have your carpets professionally steam cleaned. Wipe down cupboards and all exterior and interior surfaces like wardrobe doors as well as shelves and drawers. Pay attention to kitchens and bathrooms, and have your tiles and grouting cleaned and if you cannot do it yourself call in the experts if necessary.

Clean glass doors and windows from the outside and inside. Remove cobwebs and give everything a good dusting and vacuum. Wash curtains and dust blinds, lighting, and other fixtures. Clean and polish, mirrors, door knobs, switches, taps, and fittings.

Curb appeal

When potential buyers come to view the property for the first time you have to make sure they are keen to go inside, so make your exteriors stand out. Tidy up your front and back garden by clearing away any clutter from your front yard. Use a pressure washer to hose down driveways and garden pathways and make sure you remove any oil stains. Rake away dead leaves, prune dead winter growth, and do a thorough weeding. Have your roof and gutters cleaned by professionals. Remove any large bushes and trim away tree branches to clear the exterior view for prospective buyers.

Mow the lawn and do the edges for a clean and orderly look. Fix dead, bald, or yellowing lawn patches by seeding and fertilising these spots. Adding small improvements like mulch can make a big difference while reducing the need for ongoing weeding. Get rid of any shabby-looking outdoor items like rusting deck chairs and creaking swing sets.

Consider repainting fences, exterior walls, and the letter box. For a pop of colour, add flowers and green shrubbery to your front garden. Don’t forget to fertilise your lawn and garden beds for vibrant springtime growth. Make an impact by introducing statement pots and plants to your entrance. Remember to keep up with watering to keep your lawn, flowers and trees to keep them looking their best. If you cannot do this yourself ask you agent for help as they have contact in these areas.

Remove personal items

Declutter your house by throwing away or donating anything you’re not using. Remove as many personal effects from your property as possible.

Remove family photos and anything personal. Consider putting oversized, worn-looking, or clashing furniture pieces into storage. Anything you leave, like clothing hanging in your closet and plates in cupboards, should be in good condition and tidily arranged.

Styling your property allows you to target specific demographics and possibly achieve a better price. An experienced real estate agent is your best adviser when it comes to staging. He/she can pinpoint the special features and guide you on how to highlight these with staging.

So what exactly does styling involve? You could rent furniture, artwork, and additional accessories to accentuate your property’s top features. These can be used to re-purpose rooms  such as turning an extra bedroom into a nursery or a home office – depending on your target demographic.

You can add basic touches yourself, such as updating old towels, rugs, and linen with new ones. Draw back the blinds to let in natural light and add fresh bouquets of flowers.

Do any necessary repairs and maintenance

Take an objective look at your interiors and note any flaws, defects, or damage. Repair leaky taps, loose doorknobs, and faulty light switches. Give damaged walls a fresh coat of paint and consider having carpet stains removed by professionals. If you have timber flooring, think about having them restrained.

Work with an expert

A real estate agent works closely with you at every step of your sale, ensuring you’re staging and preparing your property correctly. He/she can check you’re working off an accurate value for your home and assist with your contracts and paperwork.

Spring is a busy time for both buyers and sellers, and Laing+Simmons Hunters Hill can help make your property stand out and successfully market it to your target demographic. In addition, you could have the full confidence that it’s truly the right time to sell if you have the help of a real estate expert who knows your local market, for your free appraisal call Laing+Simmons Hunters Hill today on 98796955 or 0411331 043 and speak with John Priddy.

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