Property news: Spring into action

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The days are gradually lengthening and the first bulbs are beginning to make a tentative appearance in the garden – which can only mean that spring is finally on its way.

And spring is traditionally the time to get serious about selling. But with like-minded sellers and buyers taking advantage of the impending change of season - competition could become fierce.

So, how can a seller have the edge over the neighbouring For Sale board and attract prospective buyers to their property?

With a little common sense, a clear mind and the goal of selling your home – a virtually cost-free mini makeover could make all the difference.

Estate agents Harrison Murray have some tips for giving your home a seasonal overhaul in preparation for that spring sale.

Clutter control

Spring is the perfect time to de-clutter your home and make some space (or at least give the illusion of more space). In preparation for viewings, pack away any items that may make your home look crowded. Potential buyers will want to imagine themselves in the property with their belongings. Ensure any drying laundry is hidden from view, and if you use part of your home as an office, clear away any paperwork.

Looking good – inside and out

As well as considering a neutral look for the interior of your home, with an all over lick of magnolia or something similar, think about the exterior of your property. Check and repair any garden gates or fences, paint window frames and clean window panes, clear paths of weeds and make the entrance to your home inviting with some freshly planted pots . Giving your home kerb appeal is the first step to engaging with a buyer.

Keeping it simple

Less is more, as the saying goes. A few strategically placed throws and rugs to tone down patterned sofas or carpets will bring older interiors up to date. Create some optical illusions by placing furniture at angles around the room.

Points on pets

Your pet may be your pride and joy, but eliminate doggy or pet odours, and give carpets and sofas a quick hoover to get rid of any pet hairs – and get someone to take the dog for a walk if you are expecting a viewing.

Make the most of your space.

If you have a small kitchen, every inch of space counts. We probably all have more gadgets than we need or use, so put them out of sight and leave worktops clutter-free.

Garage Storage

If like the majority of homeowners you use yourgarage for storing everything apart from the car, keeping it clutter free will give viewers an idea of how much space there is. They may have their own ideas for garage use – so keep tools, Christmas decorations and other items stored in boxes or hooked on the wall. Don’t hide this vital space under a pile of ‘junk’.

Outdoor Areas

Spring is a great time to get your outdoor entertaining area ready for those sunny days, even if they do seem some way off! Clean the patio and outdoor furniture. Whatever the size of your garden, this is vital outdoor space. Do some basic landscaping repairs to the lawn, shrubbery, and plants – and mow the grass for an easy on the eye appearance. If you’ve cleaned the windows inside and out buyers can make the most of the view.

Choose your agent wisely

It goes without saying that your estate agent should be reputable. Choose an agent, like Harrison Murray who are long established in the area and belong to the National Association of Estate Agents and are members of the Property Ombudsman Scheme. Or get a personal recommendation from friends.