The property market traditionally heats up in spring as the sun comes out and buyers put their winter woolies into storage. The good weather tends to encourage better attendance at open houses and auctions as buyers come out of winter hibernation and get serious about making a purchase.
However, the number of houses on the market in spring also tends to increase, creating more competition among sellers.
Here are five low-cost spring cleaning tips you can follow to help your property standout from the crowd and capture the attention of spring-time buyers:
1. Sort like a professional
Decluttering your home is all about removing as many items as possible in order to maximise the sense of space. Make sorting your possessions simple by dividing them into three categories – things to throw away, things to donate, and things that will be making the move with you. Then it’s simple. Only keep the things you’re taking with you and get rid of the rest before your open house.
2. Clear the kitchen
Many sellers make the common mistake of leaving appliances – or worse, dirty dishes – cluttering up bench space in the kitchen. Keeping your kitchen benches clear will help maximise the sense of space and make your kitchen appear more modern. Pack all appliances, pots and pans and dishes away into cupboards, and also keep your pantry clean and well organised.
3. Get the kids involved
If you have kids, it’s a good idea to get them involved in decluttering their bedrooms. Ensure all toys are cleared away and wardrobes are neatly organised – and take down posters. While your kids may love them, posters tend to make rooms seem smaller as they compete for attention and confuse the eye. And touch up any paint that has been damaged by pesky poster tape.
4. Mind your storage areas
Buyers will likely open your cupboards, built-in robes and other storage areas during an inspection. Keep these clean, tidy and well organised to make them seem as large as possible. Also remember to remove any personal items that you want to keep away from prying eyes, and don’t forget to tidy and organise your laundry and garage too.
5. Don’t forget the garden
Outside areas are as important as your interiors. Pay special attention to your front garden – this is where buyers will enter your property and get a powerful first impression of your home. Tidy up pathways, front verandahs and gardens and make any required repairs to front fences to set the right tone from the start. And spend some time in your backyard too. Planting a few bright spring flowers is a great low-cost way to cheer up your property.