At any time of the year, kitchens and bathrooms are always important, so don’t neglect those spaces; but 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. People always seem to picture enjoying the warmer months in their new properties…and well they might, seeing as how even an Aussie winter still features plenty of 20 degree plus days.
Attention to detail in outside areas will make it easy for “Bob the barbecue chef” to picture himself tongs and tinny in hand, turning snags for his family or friends; or “Gaby the gardener” to begin mentally staking out the new veggie patch.
Once outside is taken care of, remember that spring can enhance the interiors of the right home also. Open all the doors and windows during inspections so there is a breezy feel and plenty of natural light getting in. Any rooms that face the sun, depending on the time of day, should be utilised to allow a bit of spring warmth to help people forget about winter. Adding a fresh, flowery scent to kitchens and bathrooms won’t do your property any damage either.
While the above advantages of your property may be seasonal, some of the fundamentals of home presentation remain in place year round. Ensure you have removed as much clutter as possible. Nothing will disrupt someone fantasising about your home like tripping over a box of your kid’s toys, or a pair of your shoes in the hallway.
It is also important to use neutral colours in the interior. You might be an avid fan of the colour puce, or just love your kitchen decked out in a greeny-olivey-plain packaging cigarette kind of colour, but such tones will only hurt your chances. Light, non-offensive colours are like a blank canvas from which a buyer can create their own artwork.
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.