Traditionally, Spring has been the most popular time for thinking about moving home and selling your property. So although this conventional pattern has been contested in recent years with all-year-round demand, astute vendors still embrace this busiest time in the property calendar.
If you're thinking of selling, what can you do to take advantage of this seasonal surge, stand out from the crowd and achieve the best price for your property?
Do you have kerb appeal?
"Looks sell", and a good-looking property will attract buyers - so make sure you have that all important kerb appeal. First impressions really do count when it comes to potential buyers. Psychologists claim we decide whether we like a person within 15 seconds - apply the same rule for buying a new home.
As the weather brightens, would-be buyers are much more likely to walk or drive past your home after seeing it online or having been introduced to it before deciding whether to book a viewing.
Take a critical look at your property from a house hunter's viewpoint and make sure you tick off all those essential DIY jobs.
Spring cleaning is a must at any time for savvy vendors. A clean and tidy house will convey to buyers that your home is well cared for and make it appear brighter and more spacious. Pay particular attention to bathrooms and kitchens as untidiness in these areas can often result in an under-price offer or, at worst, be a deal breaker.
Don't forget the outside space. Make sure lawns are mowed, weeds removed, and your driveway is clean and free from clutter; put a sparkle back into windows and frames. If funds permit invest in outside table and chairs to promote outside living and show buyers the potential for outdoor relaxation and alfresco dining.
Selling a sensory experience
Research suggests that fresh bread and coffee are in people's top five favourite aromas and known to make a house attractive to house buyers. But you can achieve a similar sensory experience with the use of a vase of fresh-cut flowers (from your own garden, if you can) and scented candles.
Experiment with texture and invest in fluffy towels, cushions, and throws which can inexpensively update any room. Flick through magazines or online to find out 'what's on trend' in the designer seasonal colour palette. Our research suggests a move towards the cooler and softer side of the colour spectrum as once again pale pastels and nature-led neutrals dominate the catwalk.
Buyers are ready - are YOU?
The spring selling season will be in full swing sooner than you think. Interest Rates are still low, and there are some good mortgages available. Buyers are already coming out of their winter slumber and registering their desire to move with us.
If you're planning to sell your home in this Spring, you need to be ready now. Call Andrew on 01273-735237 for a free valuation and let our Sales team pull out all the stops to make your house stand out from the crowd.