Spring is finally here and that means it’s time for the annual spring clean. Maybe this year the spring clean isn’t just to make sure your home is spic and span for you and your family. Perhaps you want to make sure it’s looking immaculate to show it off at its best to get that all-important sale?
Giving your home a thorough once-over can make it extremely appealing to buyers and go towards getting you a quick house sale.
Follow our top spring cleaning tips to help your home sold in no time.
A fresh lick of paint
A new coat of paint to the interior and exterior can dramatically improve the look of your property. A bright orange tone may be your favourite colour but to Mr and Mrs Smith it could really put them off putting in an offer.
Choosing neutral tones is generally advised to appeal to the widest set of prospective home buyers.
Groom your garden
It might be that during your time at the property you haven’t been green-fingered and left the garden to get overgrown and wild.
It’s very important to make sure your front garden is neatly kept with dead plants removed, and the grass mowed regularly. Head down to the local garden centre and invest in some flowers to plant in your garden to add a striking splash of colour.
If you have any garish garden ornaments then get rid of them. You don’t want anything to detract from your home and a weathered garden gnome does just that.
Create a bathroom haven
A dirty bathroom puts off everyone, especially home buyers. It’s natural that your bathroom has been well used but it doesn’t need to show it.
Replace shabby discoloured toilet seats, clean the bath as often as possible (no one likes soap scum) and make sure the toilet bowl is spotless. Put bleach down it daily if need be.
A little sprucing up of the décor goes a long way too, so make sure all your towels match.
Keep the kitchen fresh and clean
People like to have a good look around a home so don’t assume your oven that’s caked in grease is safe from prying eyes. Give it a thorough clean.
A smelly kitchen can be really off-putting. The lingering smell of last night’s mackerel meal can leave visitors running for the door so it may be good to put off strong smelling foods for a while until you’ve sold your property.
Clean and re-grout your tiles
Rooms like the kitchen and bathroom are some of the most used rooms in any house. Because of this, their tiles can get dirty fast.
Scrub down the kitchen and bathroom tiles thoroughly with a scrubbing brush and if this doesn’t bring them up to a decent state then maybe invest in some re-grouting to make the tiles pop and sparkle.
Deep clean your carpets
A clean carpet really does make a difference in the look of a room, not to mention the smell.
Having the carpets cleaned will not only get rid of any musty smells, but will also brighten the room making it far more homely and attractive.
One of the simplest ways of making a great first impression is to declutter. If you’ve got your bike in the hallway move it somewhere less in the way. You want to give any prospective buyers clear vision in each room so they can imagine their own furniture and possessions in there.
Bikes in the hallway, an old Wendy house in the garden and a disused treadmill in the bedroom do nothing to attract buyers and everything to put them off.
Make sure your home smells nice
Fresh flowers in the living room, potpourri in the dining room and freshly baked bread or percolating coffee in the kitchen gives an instantly pleasant scent that’ll please noses.
With all these great tips you’ll soon have your house in a prime state to attract buyers.
To find out more ways to increase the appeal of your property along with a true evaluation, contact our agents on 0207 739 6969 to get advice on buying and selling your property.