It may not feel like it right now, but spring is just around the corner. Soon we will be enjoying a little more sunshine, some warmer weather, and what is traditionally one of the busiest real estate selling periods of the year.
Spring is a great time to put your home on the market. The warmer weather encourages more buyers to attend open homes, and the bright, sun-filled days and extra greenery can make your property look even more attractive. Of course, other sellers will realise this too, and there are typically a lot more properties on the market you will need to compete with.
We spoke with one of Canberra’s top real estate agents, Jonathan Charles from Independent Property Group’s Woden and Weston Creek office, to get his advice on how to make your home stand out from the competition.
According to Jonathan, “If you want your property to get noticed by buyers and achieve a great sales price, it’s important to put some effort into making sure it looks its best. But that doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money. There are several easy and effective things you can do make your property more attractive to buyers.”
First Impressions Count
“You only get one chance to make a first impression.” says Jonathan “The first part of your home a buyer is going to see is the front yard, so it’s important to make sure the entrance to your home is as attractive as possible.”
Pull out all the weeds that have sprung up over winter and put in some new plants and flowers to add some extra colour to your yard. Yellow flowers are usually a good choice, as the colour yellow is usually associated with feelings of joy, happiness and optimism.
Mowing your lawn diagonally can make your yard look larger, and a carefully manicured front yard gives buyers the impression that you pay attention to the details. That’s why it’s also a good idea to give the outside of your home a good clean. It can be easy to overlook small spaces, but if you neglect these areas buyers may think you’ve neglected other areas of your property too.
Finally, giving your front door a fresh coat of paint can significantly improve your property’s curb appeal.
Jonathan points out that “If you’re thinking of selling, it’s best to start your preparations straight away. A garden that has been primed and nurtured over 6 to 8 weeks is worth a lot more when selling than one that has only been replanted a couple of days ago. Getting started as early as possible also means you won’t have to rush. So fix up your garden, and oil and clean your deck, over the next few weeks, then refresh it the week your marketing materials and photography are being organised for maximum results.”
A Comprehensive Spring Clean
“Cleaning is more than making your bed and washing the dishes.” Jonathan explains “A buyer will see all the little flaws you just don’t notice anymore, so you need to be thorough and do all those jobs you wouldn’t normally think of, like dusting blinds and removing cobwebs from hard to reach places.”
A buyer wants to walk through your home and feel like they can move straight in. They don’t want to spend their first week cleaning. If you need help, a professional cleaner can get your property looking great. It won’t be too expensive and will definitely be worth it in the long run.
It’s also important to create as much space in your property as you can. Reduce the clutter by removing any unnecessary items. You don’t want your property to look empty, but you don’t want it to look too lived in either. Buyers don’t want to think about the people who are living in the home; they want to imagine themselves living there. Get a head start on your packing by putting family photos, children’s drawings and other personal items into storage and out of the way.
Make Your Home More Welcoming
Take advantage of the sunlight by washing your windows, cleaning your curtains and blinds, and opening them as wide as possible. Natural light will give your home a nice warm glow and help make it much more inviting.
Smell is another important factor you should consider, especially if you have pets living in the home, or your teenage boys like to leave piles of dirty socks in the corner of their bedrooms. Opening up all your windows and bringing in the fresh spring air can help chase out some of those stale smells. You can also use air fresheners, potpourri or incense to help remove stubborn odours.
“Colour can also have a powerful, subconscious impact on buyers.” reveals Jonathan “Bright and cheerful colours can help to create an engaging, welcoming atmosphere and you can easily add splashes of colour with new linens, pillows, bath mats and rugs.”
A fresh coat of paint can also make your home more appealing. Choosing the right colours can completely transform your tired rooms into elegant livings spaces. Neutral colours are a good choice as they can give a room a sense of warmth and space. They also make it easier for buyers to personalise the home to their own tastes. Check out this blog post for some great tips on how to choose colours that add value to your home.
If you’re thinking about selling in spring, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a professional real estate agent now. They will be able to help you determine the features of your home that will appeal to buyers, and suggest ways to make those features stand out. They’ll also be able to give you advice on some cost-effective improvements you can start making, that will add significant value when your home hits the market. If you need some advice, contact your local Independent Property Group office today.