We’ll still moan about the weather because we’re British, but the prospect of blue (well, slightly less grey) skies are well and truly on the horizon, and it’s cheering us up. It’s around this time of year that the DIY enthusiast in us all awakens. Now January is over and days are gradually getting lighter, brighter and longer, now is definitely the best time to pick up a paintbrush and get your property looking spick and span for the spring.
First impressions count and the external appearance of a property can make the difference between simply driving by or choosing to view a property. Gardens are at their best in the spring and can be a real asset in attracting potential buyers, particularly those with families. A little time invested in making your front garden as attractive as possible can make a real difference in boosting your homes appeal. If you aren’t blessed with green fingers − don’t worry! Light gardening is usually all that’s needed. Some easy trimming, weeding and a couple of potted plants outside the door will give your garden a new lease of life and add that all important kerb appeal to your home.
While we’re outside, don’t forget to pay attention to the exterior of your actual property too. Tired paintwork, both on the brickwork and the windows may benefit from a lick of paint, and windows should also be kept clean to add some sparkle. This is not only crucial outside, but inside as well, because clean windows will allow more natural light to flood your home.
Once inside, you’ll want to create a warm welcome. While some might go for the traditional scents of fresh bread or coffee, there is no better smell than fresh air! Throw open some windows and doors to allow a warm, clean breeze to fill your home before a viewing. If you’re lucky enough to have patio doors, opening these will not only fill your home with the spring air, but also create the illusion of a more spacious home by bringing the outdoors indoors.
Do some DIY
What about if the interior is looking slightly tired but you don’t want to fork out for brand new fittings? The inner DIY enthusiast rears their useful head again. Throw open your back doors and get handy with some sandpaper, paint and varnish. Repainting old furniture can transform a room at minimal cost, you just have to be willing to get your hands dirty!
Take the doors off those dated kitchen cabinets and give them a new duck-egg finish and stainless steel handles for a brand new kitchen at a fraction of the cost. Take the books off that old wooden bookcase and give it a modern makeover with bright white paint. That old white-at-one-point chest of drawers? Add a pop of colour to the room with a berry red renovation.
While giving the fittings a makeover can instantly wake up a tired room, it’s worth remembering that you’re selling your home, not its contents, so now is a perfect time to de-clutter and get rid of any old furniture that you’re no longer going to need or want. There’s no point upping your DIY game if the fruits of your labour are hidden under piles of clutter! A neat, tidy home will give a clean, fresh impression, as well as making rooms seem larger. To read more on tips for home staging click here
For further advice on how to present your home in its best light, or to arrange one of our no obligation property consultation meetings, simply pop in to any of our local branches, or visit us online at www.andrewsonline.co.uk