Spring is the season when everything comes out of hibernation and that includes property buyers. If you’ve been thinking of putting your home on the market, there’s a great window of opportunity ahead. With warmer days, lighter nights and two Bank Holidays due in May, you can harness the fresh spirit of spring and get your property in order.
As well as improving the aesthetics of your property, a spring clean can also add value and increase the chances of a property buyer putting in an attractive offer. It's proven buyers pay more for a property with a freshly painted front door, smart brickwork, a well-kept garden, and clean windows, according to research by Dulux Weathershield.
Stage managed with selling in mind
In addition to kerb appeal, a survey by The Home Staging Association involving property professionals found 70% of estate agents said a dressed property increased the offer value somewhere between 3-6%.
Home staging isn’t just for show homes, however. You can prop, dress and rearrange your own property before it goes on the open market. It’s a great strategy ahead of official photography and viewings. You just need to get in the mindset of appealing to the masses and not your own taste.
5 top tips for home staging this spring
Here’s Grosvenor Billinghurst’s spring-themed home staging advice that’s guaranteed to make the right impression:
Flower power - make the most of flora and fauna bursting into life by arranging flowers in vases and brightening up your doorstep with pots of seasonal blooms. While it sounds cliched, the colour and vibrancy that flowers add look exceptionally eye-catching, especially in marketing photos.
Glass and glazing - the best way to lift your home is to let in natural light. Always ensure blinds and curtains are open for viewings and photographs, and you’ll be surprised how washing the glass inside and out can make a real difference. Don’t forget mirrors. They reflect natural light to make things feel brighter inside.
Paint it white - nothing says clean and fresh like a fresh coat of paint on the walls. You can’t go wrong with white and if the brilliant shade is too harsh, there are plenty of soft and off whites to choose from.
Declutter - spring cleaning should take on new meaning if you’re hoping to sell. As well as decluttering work surfaces, hallways and kid’s bedrooms, it’s OK to completely remove items of furniture to let your rooms ‘breathe’ - anything that makes space feel bigger.
Outside space - if you have a garden, now is the time to get it in to shape. A sweep, weed, prune and mow will go a long way to smartening up your outside space, especially now everything is coming in bud or bloom.
If you’d like presentation advice and a property visit from one of the Grosvenor Billinghurst team, please get in touch. We can give you a free market appraisal and advise you on current demand in Surrey.