Half Term’s over and Spring is on the way

Written by Ewelina Swatek | Posted in Company news |

Take a look through our top tips for preparing your property for viewings over the busy Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

If you have school-aged children then you may have woken up with mixed emotions this morning: sadness that February half term is over and the kids are back at school, mixed with a small amount of relief that you can get back to the usual routine today!
Holiday time can take its toll on the home, especially if you’re the one hosting the playdates. By the end of it, you can feel as if your once-orderly home has been overtaken by children, toys and a general sense of chaos.
However, with the Easter holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start pulling your property together if you’re looking to sell or rent it out in the spring.
Easter bank holiday weekend falls later than usual this year, with Good Friday on 19th April. Experience tells us that Saturday 20th April 2019 will be one of our busiest days of the year, as spring buyers and renters use the extended weekend to view new properties on the market. If you’re looking to launch your property to the market at this time, it’s a good idea to begin preparing your property now.
Most people form lasting opinions about a property just seconds after pulling up outside. Here are our tips to maximise the curb appeal of your home from the outside:
1. Position springtime pots with seasonal planting such as daffodils, hyacinths and tulips outside the door. If you live in an apartment, adorning window ledges with stylish window boxes will create a warm and inviting feel.
2. If you have a garden, sweep away fallen leaves, cobwebs and any other lingering signs of winter that might have gathered outside in the colder months. If you have a patio or decked area it should be swept clean and washed down.
3. Wipe down your window frames and make sure your window panes glisten in the springtime sunshine.
4. Consider giving the front door a lick of paint if it’s looking less than pristine – remember that first impressions count.
5. If you have outside space and the Easter weekend forecast promises sunshine, set up your patio table and chairs to allow potential buyers to imagine themselves sitting there in the warmer months.
Once the outside is looking tip-top you can start to tackle the inside:
1. Time to de-clutter: a viewer’s first impression should be of a light, uncluttered space which allows them to picture themselves living in the property themselves. Clearing away the clutter will help to ‘de-personalise’ your house and help people to see how their own belongings could fit into the space.
2. Deep clean: once you have pared down the belongings, it’s important to make sure the property looks and smells good. Spend time on the kitchen and bathrooms in particular, which tend to be focus rooms for many buyers. If you have pets or you’re a smoker, making sure your property smells fresh is particularly important.
3. Paint neutrally: if you are planning any decorative works before selling or renting, it’s a good idea to stay neutral on the colour palette: shades of white, cream and grey are safe and stylish bets, which allow people to project their own interior ideas into the rooms.
4. Define the purpose of every room: ensure that every room has a purpose: if you’re selling a two-bedroom apartment but using the second bedroom as a study/junk room, it’s a good idea to revert it back to a properly functioning bedroom. Rooms not used for their ‘expected’ conventional purpose can confuse buyers and make them question how they would use the space.
5. Set the scene: if you have a busy Easter weekend of viewings lined up, it’s worth spending some time dressing your home: set the table for brunch, add a vase of fresh springtime flowers and – that old chestnut – put on some fresh coffee; all these are little touches that can help people imagine themselves living in the property in time for summer 2019.
We are happy to chat through any decisions you are making about your property and can always offer practical advice about things that will really make the difference.
Do get in touch with your local Frank Harris & Company branch to discuss selling or letting out your property, we would be delighted to help.

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