The highly anticipated spring selling season is just around the corner, which is likely to bring a number of home purchasers out of the woodworks as they try to lock in their dream home by the end of the year.
If you’ve been thinking about selling your property during the spring selling season to make the most of increased buyer activity then it’s best to get in early.
It can take several weeks to get a property in top condition and ready for sale so the sooner you act the sooner you will be ready to put your property on the market.
Here’s what you need to do:
A spring sale warrants a spring clean. This means doing all of those cleaning chores that you might neglect for most of the year, such as washing windows and cleaning out the oven. Everything should be sparkling clean from floor to ceiling.
If you don’t have the time or inclination to do a thorough clean then it could be worth investing in a professional cleaner to do the hard work for you, you’ll just have to keep the property clean for the duration of the sale.
It’s time to pack away anything at the property that you won’t need while it’s on the market, this will help you get ready for your big move and help streamline the appearance of your home too.
You don’t want too many items in each room when potential buyers come to visit. They want to be able to visualise themselves in the space and it can be hard to do this when there is too much “stuff” around.
Hiring a home staging service can help you plan out what you might like to keep in the property for staging purposes. For everything else you might like to consider using a storage unit or asking a friend if you can store items at their property until your move.
You should always fix any outstanding problems at the property, such as loose fence palings or broken lights, before the property hits the market.
Even the smallest problem can devalue a property significantly as potential buyers may overestimate the cost to get it fixed. Save yourself any dramas and try to fix any minor issues as soon as possible.
There’s no need to splash out on expensive renovations before selling but you may want to make a few cosmetic improvements to the property to help it look like new again.
Painting offers fantastic bang for buck and can revive even the oldest of properties. A few other renovations to consider, depending on the property’s current condition, include new flooring or a small makeover for the kitchen or bathroom.
Don’t neglect the outside of the property at sale time, as this might be the area that wins buyers over.
Make sure to trim overgrown trees, fix fencing and clear paths and driveways. Plant new seasonal flowers to help add a bit of colour.
Thinking about putting your property on the market this spring and want more advice? Contact McGrath Central Tablelands on 02 6372 2584.