Selling your home at this time of year is perfect when you live in Australia.
The climate is great for people to get out and about and look at listed properties, plus trees are in bloom and streetscapes can be viewed in their ideal state.
Spring is great for allowing all of your property’s best features to shine through, as long as you have made the right preparations.
And this doesn’t mean doing the dishes and opening the curtains, though if those things don’t occur to you, you might struggle more than I thought to get a sale.
Selling season is the time to take a little extra care of business and present a home that people will want to live in.
In Australia, we are obsessed with kitchens and bathrooms.
Everyone always wants to see what these look like in a property and they are two of the most popular rooms to renovate.
However, while they are important all year round, spring is a time when you should also turn your attention to landscaping, gardens and open living areas.
Most buyers around at the moment are imagining moving into their new home in time for summer, so a well-prepared lawn, sparkling swimming pool and plenty of natural light can lay the foundations for a great sale.
Clearing that outdoor deck so that it looks spacious and like it can hold a barbecue’s worth of people…plus a barbecue…will make it easy for buyers to picture themselves in relaxation mode at your home.
And it’s that term ‘your home’, which also needs to be addressed. Ideally, you want all traces of yourself to disappear while buyers walk through.
Make sure you have removed as much clutter as possible and that you use neutral colours in the interior.
This will help people imagine their own belongings in the house, rather than being distracted by yours.
Opening all the doors and windows during inspections so there is a breezy feel, and adding a fresh scent won’t hurt your chances either.
A lot of people engage a home stylist to hire separate furniture for the open campaign and set your property up to optimise interest.
For home selling, like so many parts of life, first impressions really do count.
Tim McIntyre is the senior real estate reporter for the Daily Telegraph and news.com.au
Over the past decade, he has attained widespread knowledge of Australia’s many unique property markets and is an authority on all things buying, selling and investing.
His commentary appears every Saturday in the Daily Telegraph Real Estate lift out, as well as online at news.com.au