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NAEA Propertymark’s top tips for selling your house in spring

Published On: March 11, 2020 at 9:58 am


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The start of a new season is only a couple of weeks away, so NAEA Propertmark has shared its tips on the best way to sell your house in spring.

At this time of year there is an opportunity for a new beginning, so why not embrace it? As we move into the new season, house buyers are beginning to wake from their winter hibernation and once again continue their search. Therefore, these top tips for selling your house in spring will help to prepare your home and present it in the best light to boost its saleability.

1. First impressions are everything 

Every detail is important, as buyers often make their decision within seconds of arriving at a property. Make sure it looks its best on the outside as well as the inside. 

If your front door is looking a little shabby, buy a new doorknob, a brass letterbox or a stainless-steel house number; these small touches can instantly make your home feel more welcoming. 

2. Spring Cleaning

It goes without saying that a spring clean is essential before a seasonal sale. You don’t want to put a buyer off with a grubby and messy appearance. This needs to be the fresh start that they’ve been looking for!

Give old carpets a deep clean and thoroughly clean all curtains or upholstery that attracts extra dust. It’s a good idea to deep clean all carpets before putting your house on the market as well to ensure the whole house feels clean and fresh.

Just Landlords’ spring cleaning checklist makes for a handy tool for house sellers as well as tenants and landlords.

3. Freshen up your kitchen and bathroom

Kitchens and bathrooms can make or break a sale so now is the time to give them a makeover. Think about hiding any unappealing pipework and fixing worn or broken tiles. You may still be living there, but keep clutter to a minimum when it comes to toiletries out on the side. In the kitchen, replace any worn work surfaces and doors as this will totally transform the space without having to fork out on replacing the cabinets.

4. Let there be light

A dark room is an immediate turn-off to buyers. The easiest first step is to let the sun pour in and maximise natural light as much as possible by opening curtains and blinds and giving any dirty windows a scrub before putting your property on the market.

5. Keep decoration minimal

Interior décor comes down to personal taste, so don’t go over the top. Potential buyers must be able to picture themselves living in the space, and not feel like an intruder in someone else’s home. Anything showing too much personality can be a turn off during a house viewing so it’s best to keep your decoration simple and colours neutral to offer buyers a blank slate to build their own home on.

6. Flowers

Keeping fresh flowers on display is a welcoming touch that will make your home appear well kept. Flowers can play a vital role in giving rooms a lift and create a clean fragrance to greet a buyer. No matter how well your home is presented, a few simple touches with some neutral flowers will enhance the property’s appeal.  

7. Pets

Furry friends leave an odour that pet owners can become immune to over time, but it’s likely the buyer will pick up on this. Air out the property in advance of any viewings, light a freshly scented candle to mask any lingering smells (but don’t leave it unattended!) and consider leaving your pet with a friend or family member for the duration.

Lauren Scott, President, NAEA Propertymark comments: “With housing market activity on the rise during February and March, it’s important to take every step to make your property stand out above the competition. If you are looking to sell your home this spring, turn to your local NAEA Propertymark estate agent who will be able to offer you further guidance on how to maximise the chances of a spring sale.”

Create a Glorious Garden Party with these Top Tips

Published On: April 24, 2017 at 8:14 am


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Spring is in the air and National Gardening Month is officially upon us. To help get your gardens ready for the summer, these top tips will help you create a glorious garden party for May Day and beyond…

Create a Glorious Garden Party with these Top Tips

Create a Glorious Garden Party with these Top Tips

If you plan to host a garden party with your friends this spring/summer, it’s time to get your outside space in order. These tips will also be handy for those trying to let/sell their properties at this time of year, as they’ll help your garden stand out from the crowd:

Bring the outside in 

In terms of interior design, the lines between outdoor and indoor space are becoming more and more blurred. To really make the garden feel like an extension of your property, select elegant outdoor furniture that wouldn’t look out of place inside the home. If your property benefits from patio doors, leave them open during your garden party to allow the guests to spill from the outside in.

Follow fashion 

Colour blocking has long been a fashionable trend, so it’s no surprise that it’s entering the garden world. To get the trend right, look at a colour wheel and pick two to four contrasting colours. Mix and match these shades in your outdoor furniture, accessories and plants to radically update your garden décor.

Flower power 

No matter how big or small your outdoor space, adding flowers in pots or beds will bring your garden to life and provide a talking point for your summer garden party. For those seeking low maintenance florals, plant daffodils, tulips and crocus. These delicate flowers come in a range of colours, and are able to withstand the chilly spring weather and shade.

Light it up

Under-lighting is a huge trend in interior design, as is sustainability. Bring these two trends together to create the ultimate evening ambiance. Place solar under-lights within flowerbeds to create a magical atmosphere. If your property boasts a pool or pond, put rechargeable floating solar lights in the water, which will create a subtle but effective setting.

We hope these tips encourage you to get outside and spruce up your space or throw a perfect garden party this spring!

Improvement Tips to Add Value to Your Property This Month

Published On: May 2, 2016 at 8:15 am


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May is blessed with two bank holiday weekends! So why not make the most of the extra days off with some quick and easy tasks that will add value to your property?

If you are thinking of selling either your home or rental property over the summer months, now is the perfect time to improve and maintain the place so that it’s ready for a quick sale.

While improving a property can be a daunting task for many, there is a host of small and manageable jobs you can do to increase the value of your home. And don’t think you need to replace the whole kitchen or bathroom – simple updates can make a real difference.

Follow these improvement tips to ensure that you get the price you want for your property:

Create space

While not all homes are light and airy, it is possible to create an illusion of space in any property. Spend some time reorganising the furniture in each room to make the best possible use of space. A good idea is to take things off the floor and put them on shelves instead. Also, be ruthless and throw away any clutter.

Get out into the garden

Improvement Tips to Add Value to Your Property This Month

Improvement Tips to Add Value to Your Property This Month

Don’t think you need a gardener or landscaper to transform your garden. Simply getting outside and mowing the lawn, tidying up the general area and planting some bright flowers will spruce up your outdoor space. A good garden is important to most buyers, so follow these helpful tips:

Remember energy efficiency 

All buyers will hope to keep their bills down, so it can be worthwhile fitting your property with energy efficient appliances. With new products on the market all the time, buyers will be looking out for ways to knock the costs off their bills. Moving forward, energy efficiency is only going to become more prominent when purchasing a home, so don’t forget it.

Add some life to fixtures and fittings

It is inevitable that all properties will suffer wear and tear, so take a look around and pinpoint anything that may put buyers off. Many prospective buyers will hope to be able to move in without much work needing to be done, so addressing small issues can leave them feeling confident about the condition of the property.

Let in the light

If you have a particularly dark and dreary room that no amount of white paint will brighten, it could be wise to install a new window. This is usually quite reasonably priced and will benefit you in the long-term.

Make small replacements 

If you really must replace some fixtures and fittings, don’t think this means you need to splash out on a completely new kitchen or bathroom. Small replacements can make a huge difference – whether it’s a new floor or cupboard doors.

Take on some DIY jobs

With the internet at our fingertips, finding DIY advice has never been easier. Don’t be afraid of picking up the tools yourself and fixing small damages or making minor improvements to the property. But always remember to watch out for yourself – a professional should tackle anything too heavy or difficult.

Add a lick of paint 

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to freshen up a property is by giving it a lick of paint. Remember the importance of neutral colours when decorating a home, as some buyers could be put off by garish tones. We have the top interior colour schemes for the spring season:

Transforming your property and adding value doesn’t need to be difficult – just give your home some TLC this bank holiday!