Spring Clean and Tidy by Heather Hilder on April 2, 2015 “Clean and Tidy” Traditionally, Spring has been the most popular time for thinking about moving home and selling your property. This conventional pattern has been contested in recent years with all-year-round demand. Nevertheless, astute vendors still embrace this busiest time in the property calendar. So let’s get Spring Clean and Tidy! Are you thinking of selling? You can take advantage of this seasonal surge, stand out from the crowd and achieve the best price for your property by carrying out a Spring Clean and Tidy. Top Tips: Does your property have kerb appeal? “Looks sell”, and a good-looking property will attract buyers. Therefore 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. They may have seen it online or been introduced to it by your Agent before deciding whether to book a viewing. Take a critical look at your property from a house hunter’s viewpoint. Make sure you tick off all those essential DIY jobs. Spring Clean Inside Spring Clean and Tidy! 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. Untidiness in these areas can often result in an under-price offer or, at worst, be a deal breaker. Outside 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. The same maxim applies – Spring Clean and Tidy away everything that’s out of place. Selling a sensory experience Research suggests that fresh bread and coffee are in people’s top five favourite aromas. These are 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? Each spring selling season swings round 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 this Spring or at any time of the year, you need to be ready now. Callaways are Spring Clean and Tidy to pull out all the stops to make your property stand out from the crowd. Call 01273-735237 for a free valuation and put yourself in the hands of our Sales team firstname.lastname@example.org .