Everything looks a bit nicer when the sun is shining and that includes property.  Sam Funnell from Fine & Country Rugby gives a few tips on maximising the chances of a Spring sale.

It is a commonly held belief that Spring is the best time to sell a property. Longer daylight hours and warmer weather seems to draw potential buyers from their winter hibernation. History shows the real estate market becomes reinvigorated at this time of the year, with an increase in both properties and buyers. This is a double-edged sword – while there are more potential buyers, the increase in competing properties makes marketing and presentation essential to set your property apart. 

If your property has been on the market for some time, take it off for a period and relaunch with refreshed images. Buyers gravitate towards new listings. Whether you are relaunching or listing your property for the first time, here are some tips to help you take advantage of this optimum selling time.

Before you list your property, research your local area to check current trends. Do your homework on the competition to gauge the value of your property. Make sure you factor in the size and the features of the comparison properties to ensure they are similar to yours.

It is important to tidy and clean up both inside and out. There is no second chance to make a good first impression. Gardens have been dormant and require less upkeep in winter, so now is the time to rake up leaves and trim back straggly bushes. Plant some new flowers to add colour. Yellow is a great spring colour, so pots of daffodils and tulips can be placed appropriately to increase that happy spring feeling.

It’s also a good time to clean windows to allow as much sunshine and light inside. Pay special attention to cleaning mirrors to ensure they fully reflect light. Adding that bit of sparkle costs very little. Tidy up winter clothing to increase the roominess in cupboards, too. Winter coats and boots can also be packed away to avoid clutter.

When your property is tidy and clean, it is time to begin staging it ready for inspection. Bring the outside colours and scents inside with fresh flowers. Introduce spring colours using soft furnishings. Invest in cushions and throws in pastel colours to light up rooms. Remember Spring weather is notoriously unpredictable, so provide an outdoor mat for cleaning shoes and an umbrella stand near the front door to help to keep your property in pristine viewing condition.

For advice on selling or buying property, please contact Fine & Country Rugby on 01788 820062 or visit www.fineandcountry.com