It has been predicted by the Dublin Property Price Index, that house prices will increase by an average of nearly 6 % in 2022. Overall, it seems like this year will be a big one for those who decide to sell their homes.
Let’s say that you have just decided to list your property in time for the busy spring season – but other than choosing the right asking price, how can you guarantee that prospective buyers are most persuaded to consider your listing in such a competitive market? Well, a house that has been thoroughly spring-cleaned stands out more than one that simply seems to be clean on the outside. People can typically notice the difference between a thorough clean and a superficial clean. Prospective buyers must be able to see themselves living in the house.
Using these basic spring-cleaning methods, you can present your house in the best possible light during its sale.
Hire That Skip!
When it comes to spring cleaning, the greatest rule of thumb is to get rid of everything that doesn’t belong. For example, it may be old clothing that hasn’t been used in a while or outdated furniture that won’t be moving with you. Reduce the clutter in your home while also contributing to your local charity shop, they will accept clothes and furniture which are clean and in good condition. Spending the time necessary to arrange the home for potential purchasers by bagging up clothing, toys, papers, and other documents that may be binned is well worth the investment in time and money, hire a skip if the amount seems overwhelming.
In essence, a fresh and bright coat of exterior and interior paint is recommended to give your property a new lease of life. It will make the house seem and feel clean and fresh (not to mention increase the value of your home when you put it on the market!).
De-clutter every room
As soon as someone walks into your house, they want to be able to see themselves living there and see their belongings in your home. Sometimes the way you live in your house is quite different from how you would want to stage your home. Making your rooms seem and appear bigger by getting rid of unwanted furniture will make them feel and look larger. And, if you have the opportunity, organize your wardrobes, presses, and bookcases, and begin packing goods to be stored (in an organised fashion!) in the garage or attic.
First impressions are important. When it comes to purchasing a house, people certainly judge a book by its cover, as the saying goes. As a result, the outside of your house sets the tone for the inside. So, keep your lawn always looking its best by mowing the grass, replanting, and mulching, trimming the trees, and adding some spring flowers like daffodils and crocus to bring a splash of colour to the landscape. Also, a freshly painted door and a new doormat will leave a long-lasting impression on visitors.
Declutter on the Outside
Nothing makes a home’s exterior look less appealing to potential buyers than a poorly maintained exterior. The outside of a property is crucial since it serves as a first impression. The importance of kerb appeal cannot be overstated since many homebuyers request a showing based on their initial impression. Here are several pointers to keep in mind:
- During the spring or summer, keep the lawn clean of debris and tall grass. Keep the area free of leaves and ensure that the hedges are properly trimmed.
- Clear the gutters and down pipes of any debris to ensure that the water is flowing freely.
- Clean up your landscape by sprucing up flower beds, adding new plants, or trimming any hedges.
- Install a fresh welcome mat to greet potential homebuyers when they arrive at the property.
- Make a few minor touch-ups to the paint or outside fencing to help it seem more presentable.
Don’t Forget the Windows!
Check to see that all the windows are clean. Homes look better when the blinds are pointed upward. A clean window allows for more light to enter a space and provides purchasers with an opportunity to receive a good impression of the property’s inside while viewing it. Make sure to wipe thoroughly and remove any stains. Examine sliding doors, large windows, and exterior doors, to make sure you haven’t missed any spots.
Even the smallest details are important
Examine all the little details of the house from the standpoint of a prospective buyer to see what they are. When you’re looking about, consider if someone will believe a quirk is simply that: a quirk or whether it needs improvement. Things that are loose and squeaky may require a little bit of tender loving care! It is preferable to replace knobs or handles that are missing or have become loose.
While it might not seem so important if you have other commitments or, of course, a busy life! a proper spring clean could be what distinguishes your property from the other competitors on the market! Make sure you put in the necessary time and effort right away, as investing now will reap the rewards in the future.
If you need assistance preparing your home for sale or would like more advise on creating a great first impression with buyers, why not call the experts? Get in touch and we’ll be delighted to take you through our bespoke marketing approach and discuss how we can help you achieve a successful sale at the best possible price. Just call us on 01 912 5500 or 045 815855 or email email@example.com and we’ll get right back to you.
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