Sellers; stage your home for spring
The property market has shaken off the winter chill and embraced the brighter and warmer spring days. This season sees significantly more buyers and sellers as the good weather encourages people to enter the property market.
If you're thinking about selling your home, there is no better time than now to place it on the market due to the influx of buyers you can expect during this season. With this in mind, let's take a look at how you can start preparing your home for buyers and make it stand out.
1. Get noticed in your neighbourhood
Big beautiful gardens are the ideal attractions to draw in buyers to your doorstep and it creates a lasting first impression. A well-manicured garden that boasts seasonal flowers, neat driveways and walkways, and unique features such as a pool, patio or fireplace will always catch the attention of serious buyers. Ensure that you remove debris, dirt and overgrown weeds from your garden to avoid it looking shabby and unwelcoming. This will also turn away buyers before they get to the front door. Instead, place effort in your "kerb appeal" so that it stands out in your neighbourhood and attracts buyers.
2. Landscape like a pro
Special attention must be placed on landscaping as there is no better time than spring to add colour and fresh fragrances in your garden. Before buyers enter your home, you can impress them with freshly planted trees, shrubs and flowers. This will also attract birds and butterflies which will add character to the overall look and feel. If you're looking for good tree options consider blossom tree and forest elder. For shrubs, look out for polygalas, carnations, argyranthemums and pelargoniums. And for flowers, nothing says springtime like a mix of orange, yellow and dusky pink flowers such as hibiscus, and bush and forest lilies. If landscaping is a daunting process for you, there is always the option of placing potted plants around your garden and front door.
Tip: If you're unsure about how to get your garden immaculately landscaped, consider hiring a professional gardener/landscaper or visit your local nursery to get tips on how to plant effectively and which seasonal plants to use.
3. Pack away your personal items
For many, selling a home feels like letting go of the memories created in the home. And although this can be an emotional situation, you will need to depersonalise the property before putting it up for sale. This means that your personal items such as family photos, plaques, personal awards and your favourite collectables should be removed. The goal here is to create an atmosphere where a buyer can envision themselves living - and this can only be achieved if they have a blank canvass to bring this to life. While you're depersonalising, remember to declutter and remove excess so that your home is neat and staged immaculately.
4. Let your home shine
Once you've decluttered and depersonalised your home, it is time to spring clean. After all, it is the season for it! Deep cleaning your carpets, tiles and walls in each room is an important step if you want buyers to see and feel a squeaky clean home. For this step, remember you're not alone. You can rally around the family and make it a team effort. Or you can simply hire a cleaning service to do the heavy lifting for you. While spring cleaning, you may even consider repainting your home's interior and exterior. This will be needed if the paint is discoloured/peeling or if your home has different shades of paint from room to room. Consider a more neutral colour palette throughout your home to make it look modern and neat. Think khaki browns, buttery yellows, winter greys, sage greens, or pale blues throughout each room. This will add a whole new look and feel while uniting the rooms and creating a space that feels more spacious.
With spring here, sellers are encouraged to take advantage of the season by staging their home for the influx of buyers that are expected. By listing with Lew Geffen Sotheby's International Realty Randburg, we will help you through this process so that your home is presented in the best light. List with us today.
Author: Lew Geffen Sotheby's International Realty Randburg