Spring has definitely sprung and with it comes nicer weather, lighter mornings and even brighter evenings. So there is no surprise that the change of dynamic in the air can bring on a sense of change on other levels as well. After all, it is the time of year where we start to declutter our homes, spring clean, and tackle those yearly jobs that just don’t get a look-in during the winter months. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that some people start to consider whether they have outgrown their home, would like to move to a different area, or just want a fresh change or new challenge. Which is why Spring sees a sudden surge of properties come available for sale. Are you thinking the same thing? Could now be the perfect time to put your home on the market? With that in mind, here are some of the top tips to help you maximise that sale value.
Give the interior decoration a new look
You may love your purple walls or bright green wallpaper but will someone else? The truth is, we can all decorate our homes exactly how we see fit. But, when it comes to wanting to secure a sale for a good price, it might be time to tone things down a little. A neutrally decorated house will always appeal to the masses. It enables someone to visualise their own furniture in your home and also means that whatever colour furniture and accessories they have, the chances are it will fit right in your colour scheme. Of course, beige and white aren’t for everyone, but it presents a blank canvas for the new owner to put their own stamp on it.
Declutter and minimise your belongings to maximise space
Just like you might be doing anyway, preparing your home for sale presents the perfect opportunity to declutter and minimise your belongings. It could mean getting ahead and packing up some things you don’t need, putting them into storage or storing in a garage. Perhaps even thinking about using storage beds so you can hide any clutter away. This maximises the space you have in your home, and less clutter can often give the perception of more space. You may want to consider having less furniture in your home as well, if possible. A perception of a bigger house means more money in your pocket.
Add some unique touches to your property
Everyone is looking for that unique factor of a home. It might be the feeling they get when the walk through the door, or a desirable feature that no other local property has. If you find you have some competition on your street or estate then considering adding some unique touches could help your property stand out from the crowd.
Invest in the main rooms of your home
If you have some money you could invest in your home, then consider updating the main selling features of the home. A kitchen and/or the bathroom. They may have some initial cost to you, but you could almost double that in return if you get the right look for the house. Sometimes buyers are not looking for too much work. They may be happy to decorate and paint walls, but often the bigger jobs can put them off. People pay for convenience.
Consider the exterior look
Often the first impression is the only impression you get to make, and the same can be said for your house. If you outside doesn’t look appealing, you may not even get a viewing. Instead, spend some time focusing on how the exterior looks. Perhaps tidying up the garden area. Clearing away any debris of sticks and leaves from winter. Blossom can get everywhere at this time of year, and while it can be pretty, it can leave a messy effect on your garden. It may even be time to clear out those gutters and clean the windows and doors.
Walk through your home as if you were buying it
Finally, once all the changes have been made, walk through your home with a buyer’s perspective. How would you feel if you were seeing it for the first time? It might even be worth asking friends over to get some feedback on how it looks. It’s important to also get the right agent. The pictures they take are vital. So much can be decided from an online picture. Whether or not that person even views the property.
Let’s hope these tips help you maximise the sale value of your home if you decide to sell this spring.