Experts’ advise that if you are thinking of selling your home, the best time to put it on the market is spring. With more prospective buyers about, the chances are you can sell it quicker and for more money. Christmas has been and gone and it’s the time of the year when people get tax refunds and you have a better chance of getting the full value when there are more people on the hunt.
Whilst it’s all very good putting your home on the market at the right time, it doesn’t mean you can afford to be complacent. It’s still a tough market out there and if you do want to sell your property, there are steps you can take to increase the value and to get the most out of the sale.
Bearing this in mind, we’ve put together a few handy tips to help you sell your home this spring.
Lighten the place up
By lightening your home you will give it more of a welcoming feeling. This can be achieved by decorating with lighter paints, or simply putting lighter furniture in. Curtains that are fully open when prospective buyers come to visit, good lighting and an open plan design will also help. You could even replace low watt bulbs with higher ones, thus giving the impression that the rooms are lighter. Lightening the home will give the impression that there is more space and that a buyer is getting more for their money.
Lose the clutter
Many of us are guilty of having a lot of clutter lying around the house. When you’re working hard, there isn’t always the time to de-clutter the place. If you are thinking of selling, then it’s time to get brutal and throw the clutter out. Move things that are not needed to a garage or the loft if you absolutely can’t part with them. By removing the clutter, again, you are giving the impression that the property is larger.
Build an extension
Building an extension can raise the value of the property by more than the cost. However, the work will have to be planned carefully and you should seek expert advice first as if done incorrectly, it could affect the price and saleability of the property.
Make sure the kitchen and garage are in excellent condition
It is believed that women are often more inclined to want to purchase a property with a very nice kitchen, whilst men are often attracted to a garage or shed where they see potential. By taking the time to make sure these areas are up to scratch, it could just be the deciding factor when someone comes to visit.
Fix any minor cosmetic damage
Little problems can make a big difference and when people are viewing a property, they can often be turned away by the slightest things. Take the time to fix any minor problems, as the benefits will often well outweigh the cost.
Although some of the steps you can take to help your house sell can cost money, there are plenty that don’t. If you do have someone coming around to view, it will also pay to clean your home from top to bottom, tidy up the garden and to sweep up outside. First impressions do make a difference and you will always want to make the right one.