Spring brings a huge surge in the property market. Whether or not your home is on the market, Spring is the ideal time to freshen up your home and prepare it for the warmer seasons. These are our suggestions for small and inexpensive changes you can make to your property that will make your home shine, and may increase your chances of a sale.
First impressions last
You won't get a second chance to make a good first impression, so if you're wanting to sell your home, presenting your property at it's best is crucial. Better Homes and Gardens suggests that you start from the outside and work your way in.
Try and de-clutter your yard of any unnecessary equipment. Hire a skip and start to throw out anything and everything that you won't want to bring to your new home or that doesn't add value to the presentation of the property. Then, you can hire professional gardeners or spend a few days in the garden yourself. A professional gardener in the ACT costs around $49 an hour according to research from Service Seek. Either way, it will help your property look stunning for when spring comes into full bloom.
Spring will bring you warm weather and inspiration to spring clean your property.
Repair and restore
According to a 2016 Finder survey, 87 per cent of Australian's would be put-off buying a house if there were signs of mould. Spring is a time when mould can flourish and it needs a combination of four things to grow; mould spores, condensation and moisture, the right temperature (around 20 degrees) and "food".
If there are obvious signs of mould, make this a top priority when repairing and restoring your home for the sake of you and your family's health, and then for the benefit of the sale. Depending on the amount of mould, you can clean it up yourself or hire professional cleaners. If you are going to do it yourself then wear a mask when cleaning up; spores can be breathed in and affect your health, so take extra caution.
Crack open the paint tin
With spring comes warm air, and so it is the perfect time to add a fresh coat of paint. You don't have to dedicate a lot of time and money to this project, but focus on what your potential buyers will see first. From giving the gate a once-over to creating a feature wall, with a little tender, love and care your home can be transformed with paint.
A fresh coat of paint can make the world of difference if you're planning on selling your home.
Let there be light
If you are having an open home, then natural light will make a significant difference to the feel and look. Make sure you allow as much light to shine through as possible and if you are planning on renovating before the sale, have you thought about a sky light? It will allow warmth into hallways or rooms that don't see the light of day. If your room faces south-east, you may need to make it a tad larger than if your room faces north-west.
However, it is important to understand the climate and if you don't want to overheat your rooms in the Australian summer, talk to a professional about the most appropriate size and location of the sky light.
When it comes to preparing your home for spring, whatever the reason, the best thing to do is assess what you would look out for as a potential buyer. If you are looking to sell your home, talk to the team at Peter Blackshaw and they will guide you in the right direction.