Over the last few weeks I have received a number of telephone calls from prospective sellers. Their question is a simple one, ‘What can I do to get my property ready over the winter for the Spring market?’
There are many different scenarios to this query. The main response is, ‘Well, it depends on the state of the property as it stands.’ Which can then turn into a tumbling mass of further questions, such as, ‘When was it last decorated?’ Or ‘How long has it been since the kitchen and bathroom were replaced?’ But by far, the major question is how much money and time do you have to bring the property up to a standard to present it for sale? Without a doubt, there are some tasks you should do.
The first major task is to declutter, if it’s done now while you’re preparing to sell, it’s one less task on the list when you move on to your next property. You don’t need to be too drastic – remember you may be selling a property, but you’re also selling a lifestyle. Buyers need to visualise what the property would be like for them to live in. This is one of the hardest things for a Buyer to do, so make it easier by boxing up and storing excess stuff.
The next major step is decoration, a fresh coat of paint, preferably in neutral colours, will make any room feel fresh and brighter. It will also allow the buyers to imagine their own colour schemes and palette that they can change over time. A neutral colour scheme is easier to deal with than living with walls of deep purple or red or even black. That may be your colour scheme but the Buyers might have other ideas. Also consider painting your front and back door.
The DIY projects that you have been putting off definitely need to be done. Cracked floor or wall tiles need to be changed, broken door handles fixed and holes in walls filled and repainted. It’s also a good idea to clean everything, remove scuff marks on walls (if not painting), clean limescale deposits, clean grouting in the bathroom and the kitchen and if the bank balance allows remove threadbare carpets or wooden floors and invest in new flooring.
One of the simplest of things to do, instead of burning fragrance candles to rid the house of any odours, get the windows open as often as possible to allow fresh air to circulate. It’s easy to do and doesn’t cost you anything.
Any buyer who walks into a property wants to feel that it’s their potential new home. Give your property the best chance when viewed and show it off. Remember first impressions count!