It finally appears that spring is here, and this is the time when most people who want to move, rather than need to, will be putting their home on the market. If this is you, before you instruct an agent, we’d recommend taking a good long look at your property and consider whether it could benefit from a spring clean – both inside and out. In our experience, the chances are that it will do. In light of that, here are our top tips to help you get your property looking fantastic.

Inside

De-clutter
Clean lines and clear surfaces – especially in your kitchen – will help to create a sense of space. Also, make sure that every room in your home is tidy, as this may also help to persuade buyers that your property has a good amount of storage space.

Clean and dust
We believe this is very important in not only creating a great ‘first impression’, but also in conveying that you have a sense of pride in your home. Ensure that all rooms, and especially the kitchen and bathroom, are spotless and also have the windows cleaned throughout.

Consider a spot of ‘home staging’
This used to be an ‘American thing’, but the idea is increasingly being adopted in the UK. Have you ever been to a developer’s show home? They ‘stage’ it! The dinner table will be laid out, they’ll show bedrooms with ready-made beds, there will be flowers on display, and the furniture will be finely balanced between what is minimal and necessary. Why not follow their example?

Lighting
This is vitally important if you’re showing your home on a dull day or in the evening. Brightly but warmly lit spaces will help viewers to see the full extent of your accommodation and will also help to create a welcoming space.

Consider a light re-decoration
If you do this, we’d recommend using neutral colours. Don’t overdo it, however, as a good surveyor may be spooked by an excess of new paintwork! It’s a balancing act: essentially you want to touch up rough woodwork and go after walls that look grubby or shabby.

Make sure your home smells clean and inviting
Bake a cake or a loaf of bread – yes seriously! Home baking is probably the oldest trick in the book, but it can help to create a ‘homely’ feel and perhaps a talking point.

Consider dropping the pets to your neighbours or leave them outside
Stale or ‘bad’ air can be a turn off. You want people to feel at ease as they walk in and around your home so give your home an airing. Open windows and doors for around 15 minutes before a viewing to freshen everything up.

Time-starved? Consider getting a cleaner!
A good cleaner can, in a few hours, make your home sparkle…

Outside

Tidy up lawns and borders
As with the inside of your home, you really want your garden to look its best and to be an attractive asset. Remove weeds and ensure those borders and lawns look cared for. Tidy away any ‘junk’. Introduce some colour by planting some spring bedding plants or purchase some planters.

Driveway / parking area
Ensure this looks good by rooting out any weeds and making sure there are no obvious signs of oil leakage. If you have a gravel drive, consider topping up the gravel.

Busy? Get a garden maintenance person!
A good one will bring your garden under control and take care of any jobs for which you don’t have time.

April Homes are estate agents in Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket and Cambridge, so if you’re looking to put your property on the market, why not contact us for an initial discussion? For us it’s as much about the people as the property…