The warm Spring breeze in the air makes us feel a little more motivated to get out of the house and look at property. Most of us put off the big clean-up throughout winter and wait for the warmer weather to tick off the “to do list”.
If you’re planning on listing your home this Spring, make sure you’re prepared. Spring tends to bring an influx of homes on to the property market so you’ll need to be ready to make your home sparkle and stand out from the crowd. It’s the little things that seriously count here.
These are my top tips to be ready to sell in Spring.
Take a walk around your house with a notepad and pen and write down all the things you think need attention in your home. Make sure you don’t bypass the little things you’ve be putting off for years. A list helps prioritise what gets done first.

The front entrance
This is a buyer’s first impression of your property. Make sure it’s free of clutter and presents as welcoming. Dirty shoes and boots at the front door is not appealing as a first impression. I always recommend buying a new front door mat.

That big old bag of clothes in the corner you’ve been meaning to take to the charity store, along with that stack of old books you’ve been meaning to give away — now’s the time to add them to the list of things to do. Too much furniture and extra clutter in a room can make it look small. Declutter furniture wherever possible — remember, it can go back later, just not now while you’re selling.

Look up. Look at the cornices on the ceiling — do they need painting? Are the walls looking tired? Has it been more than seven years since you’ve painted?
If so, get it done. A fresh coat of paint is such a good idea if your home needs it. Generally, buyers look upon a freshly painted house as a positive. A neutral colour is always best — avoid strong block colour when trying to sell.

Windows and screens
Hire a professional and have them done. It makes a huge difference to the overall impression of cleanliness in the house.

The oven and hot plates
This is a big must. It’s something we put off doing and can sometimes seem too overwhelming to tackle, but a buyer will look at the kitchen appliances. If there’s months of baked on roast dinners it’s time to call in the professionals — the last thing a buyer wants to do is purchase a new oven or spend months cleaning it.

Pressure wash pavers and concreate areas
Make these areas look new again with pressurised water washing. You can hire a professional to do this for you.

Gutters and downpipes
Growing your spring bulbs from the gutters is not a good impression, so make sure they’re free of leaves and soil. Overflowing drains on open home days don’t set the best impression.

Fresh flowers
It’s always lovely to have fresh flowers in the house for open homes and inspections. It’s a nice treat for you as well. A nice spring bouquet of colour presents well.

Safely away
Remove personal items from bedside tables, and small valuable items should be tucked away and out of sight. I like to have fridge magnets and photos removed from the refrigerator and freezer.
You need to think like a buyer when walking through your home for the first time, because buyers look at the little things we might not see.
Remember, first impressions count. Buyers will open the pantry to check the size, they will open that junk cupboard where you stuffed the footie shirts just before the open home, so be prepared to do the little things that make a huge difference.
You want a buyer to leave your home thinking it was well presented, not that there’s heaps of work to be done. •

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