April 3, 2018
Top tips: How to get your London home sold this spring
The weather might not have got the memo yet, but spring is now officially here (we’ve had a few weeks of it already, in fact). And the season of Easter, daffodils, hot cross buns and regeneration also happens to be a great one in which to sell a home.
The longer days and, ahem, better weather, encourage buyers and sellers alike to push through sales. This time of the year is typically when the London housing market goes into overdrive, with activity ramped up and home moves occurring with greater frequency.
What, though, can you do to ensure your home stands above the competition this spring?
1/ Make use of garden space
Garden space starts to come into its own in spring, with flowers in full bloom and the natural world looking at its very finest.
Even better, maintaining a garden to ensure it is in tip-top condition won’t take much of your time, effort or money. Prune your flowers (or plant some new ones for a fresh look), make sure all weeds have been removed, give your lawn a trim, keep your gutters and drains free from debris and clean up any patio, BBQ or decking space.
Often, the garden will be the last thing buyers will see on a viewing, and you want to leave them with a good lasting impression of your home. Whereas garden space might be off limits during the winter, it should form a key part of your sales pitch in the spring months and therefore shouldn’t be neglected or forgotten.
2/ Declutter and depersonalise
One of the simplest steps you can take to improve the look of your home is to declutter where necessary. Living spaces, the kitchen and bedrooms will benefit most from a declutter, as will hallways and entrance halls. Hallways and landings can often become clogged up with jackets, bags, shoes and more – so it’s important that you clear these spaces and allow them to breathe.
Your hallway is the first thing that buyers will see of the inside of your home and you don’t want to give off a bad first impression. To prevent this being an issue, make sure the space is neat, clean and tidy. You could also use the sale of your home as an excuse to get shot of unwanted or unused goods, by binning them, giving them to charity or passing them on to family and friends.
It’s also important that your home doesn’t feel too personal or lived-in, as this could serve to put would-be buyers off. Remove (some, not all) family photographs, heirlooms and very personal items to allow buyers to visualise the home as their own.
3/ Use the extra daylight hours
The longer days should encourage more people to get out and about viewing properties, and the extra daylight hours can boost your chances of selling too.
During viewings, work with your agent to flood your home with as much natural light as possible, allowing you to show off in clearer detail your home’s best attributes. If a viewing occurs on a particularly warm day, consider opening doors and windows to create a cool, airy, summery feel.
You may also want to change the main image on your property adverts (online and otherwise) to better reflect the season. An image of a living room with a roaring fire may be apt for selling in winter but won’t be much use in spring. Focus more on nature, the outdoors and the extra colour and vibrancy spring brings.
If viewings fall on danker, greyer days, or during the evening, make use of lamps and other lights to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
4/ Complete the odds and ends
It’s those pesky, small DIY jobs – the ones that tend to get put on the backburner indefinitely – which could prove crucial to your chances of selling. Elaborate, expensive renovation projects won’t be necessary, but smartening up skirting boards, repainting walls, amending wonky shelves, replacing broken handles and substituting frayed, tired curtains with modern blinds could all help to keep buyers on side this spring.
Remember, prospective buyers will be eagle-eyed when it comes to viewings, so don’t give them any reason to turn their nose up. If there are any half-completed or barely started DIY tasks, make sure these are sorted before you try and sell your home. A property needs to look at its absolute best if you want to sell; dealing with the easily brushed over odd jobs will help that to be the case.
5/ Carry out a spring clean
It may sound obvious, but it’s easy to become complacent where cleaning is concerned. For a home to be ready to sell, a cursory clean won’t cut the mustard – a thorough spring clean will be required. If you don’t feel confident in your ability to make your home look as good as new, consider hiring in the services of a professional cleaning company to give your property that pristine sheen.
For more help and advice on buying or selling a home in London, please get in touch with Atkinson McLeod. To find out how much your home could be worth in the current marketplace, you can request a free and instant online valuation.
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