There's no denying it's cold at the moment. Usually the weather follows the news on TV, but when the the weather IS the news it's probably a good idea to put the BBQ on ice for a week or two (pun intended).
However, the emergence of the first confused daffodils and spring bulbs generally indicates that a change of season isn't too far away and, if you are serious about selling, now is the time to shift your home out of its winter hibination and keep one step ahead of the competition.
Beating the rush means you can start showcasing your property earlier than others, so the next few weeks are the perfect time to get serious about selling.
Harrison Murray Estate Agency and Nottingham Estate Agency have put together a few simple yet effective tips to give sellers the edge and attract prospective buyers to their property - remembering always that first impressions count.
Richard Bocock, of The Nottingham Building Society, says: “Spring is traditionally a time when people think seriously about moving home, but our message would be to act now to stay one step ahead of the competition and look at ways to get your property sale-ready before the spring rush.”
The real crux of a Spring clean and to make or at least give the illusion of more space, is de-cluttering. In preparation for viewings, pack away any items that may make your home look crowded. Potential buyers will want to imagine themselves in the property with their belongings. Ensure any drying laundry is hidden from view, and if you use part of your home as an office, clear away any paperwork.
Looking good - inside and out
As well as considering a neutral look for the interior of your home, with an all-over lick of magnolia or something similar, think about the exterior of your property. Check and repair any garden gates or fences, paint window frames and clean window panes, clear paths of weeds and make the entrance to your home inviting with some freshly planted pot plants. Giving your home kerb appeal is the first step to engaging with a buyer and creating a great first impression.
Keeping it simple
Less is more, as they saying goes - and you don't have to spend a fortune when it comes to interiors. A few strategically placed throws and rugs to tone down any patterned sofas or carpets will bring older interiors up to date. Create some optical illusions by placing furniture at angles around the room.
Make the most of your space
When you have a small kitchen every inch of space counts. We probably all have more gadgets than we need or use, so put them away out of sight and leave worktops clutter-free. Making the most of drawer or cupboard space, and installing space saving ideas like tilt-out bins, is a great move. Shelves and racks can also address the storage issue.
If, like the majority of homeowners, you use your garage for storing everything apart from the car, keeping it clutter free will give viewers an idea of how much space there is. They may have their own ideas for garage use - so keep tools, Christmas decorations and other items stored in boxes or hooked on the wall. Don't hide this vital space under a pile of 'junk'.
Gardens and patios can seem a bit dull at this time of year, but you can still make the most of what space you have with a general tidy up and simple repairs. Plant up containers of late winter or early spring flowers and make the most of the view by cleaning the windows inside and out. A few bird feeders will attract wildlife and create a lovely outside picture.
Choose your agent wisely
It goes without saying that your estate agent should be reputable. Get a personal recommendation from friends and make sure you choose an agent, like Harrison Murray or Nottingham Estate Agency, who are long established in the area and are members of the Property Ombudsman Scheme.