Preparing to Sell Your Property in Spring

Preparing to Sell Your Property in Spring

With the colder weather hopefully now behind us and spring just around the corner now’s a great time to start getting your property ready for sale if you’re thinking of moving home.

Selling your home needn’t be a stressful experience and with a little preparation and the right advice from a quality, local solicitor estate agent you can make sure you’re well placed to get the best possible price for your property.

Here’s our top tips to help you get your property ready for the market.

Clean and De-clutter

You can make your home far more attractive to potential buyers by having a good clear-out before your house goes on the market. Consider boxing up items which you don’t use on a regular basis, or donate items of clothing you don’t wear anymore to charity. Think about using long or short term storage if you have too many belongings and no-where to store it.

You can even take the opportunity to sort out paperwork, shredding and disposing as much as you can.

When you’re cleaning, make sure you pay attention to the little things that could catch a potential buyer’s eye. In particular, make sure you wash windows, dust blinds, wash curtains, clean skirting boards, clean kitchen appliances, and clean wardrobes and cupboards. Move any furniture that hasn’t been moved for years and clean behind and underneath them.

Tidy up the Garden

If you’ve got a front garden it’ll be one of the first things that buyers see so it’s vital to make a good impression. Sweep up any leaves or debris that are left over from the winter months and do your best to keep wheelie bins out of sight. If you’ve got any unwanted or damaged garden furniture now’s the time to take it to the local tip.

Give the lawn its first cut of the season if the weather is dry enough and remove any weeds. If you’re struggling to find the time to do these things yourself, consider hiring a gardener for a few hours prior to going on the market, or at least before the photographers arrives to take pictures for your schedule. Consider buying some spring classics such as daffodils or tulips to brighten-up your flower bed.

It might be a cliché, but you really don’t get a second chance to make a first impression so maximising your property’s kerb-appeal is a vital first step in helping buyers fall in love with your home.

Fresh Coat of Paint

Try to imagine yourself in the head of potential buyers seeing your property for the first time. Viewers will want to picture their own furniture and household items in your home, so by decorating tastefully, you can increase the chances of selling. Neutral colours are fresh and bright and can make small spaces appear far bigger while also allowing viewers to imagine how they could picture how they could inject their personality to the property.

Clean Flooring

Flooring a new home can be expensive, especially if you’re a first time buyer. Give your home a good vacuum, making sure to go round skirting boards and cupboards. If there are stains or stubborn marks on the carpet, consider hiring a cleaning firm to shampoo the carpets. It’s amazing how much the appearance of even older carpets can change once they’ve been given a good clean.

Maximise Space

Place furniture to maximise the feeling of space and light. Viewers should be able to move freely from room to room with no obstacles like sofas with their back to the entrance of the room.

Next steps

Of course every home’s unique and it’s never too early to get some expert advice on how to get the most out of your home.

Contact us today at [email protected] or call us on 0345 646 0208 for a FREE valuation where one of our friendly, experienced valuers will be delighted to talk you through how MOV8 can help you get the best possible result from your sale.

I'm Robert Carroll, Managing Director of MOV8 Real Estate, Estate Agents and Solicitors. MOV8 is an innovative and forward-thinking, all-in-one estate agency and solicitor firm with its Head Office in Edinburgh and a City Centre office in Glasgow. We buy and sell literally thousands of properties for property buyers and sellers in Scotland every year, so I see first-hand every day what is actually happening in the property market. This blog aims to give an honest, fresh and sometimes light-hearted take on what is happening in the Scottish property market.

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