Is the outside of your house just as important as the inside? Catherine Greaves gives her opinion on this topic!
In my eyes, ensuring that your property looks fantastic indoors is always important, but it is also crucial to make sure your garden has that wow factor, which during these winter months can be a little difficult.
To keep you on track to help sell your house this Spring, here are a few tips which should give you a helping hand.
Storage, storage, storage!
Prospective buyers like to see what storage is on offer when they make a visit so make sure any sheds/garages are tidy and not overly full. If they are looking a bit tired, give them a lick of varnish or paint. If your garden has fenced boundaries, give them a paint over too.
Garages are important. If you have one, give it the once-over and make sure that all the internal lighting works and that doors open and close properly. If you have a car that fits in your garage, it’s a good idea to put it in, that way people can see that a car clearly fits.
Cut the lawn!
If you are lucky enough to have a lawn, make sure it is freshly cut once it starts growing again! Also, trim the hedges and tidy up the borders.
At this time of year, it’s a good idea to buy a few pots and fill them with seasonal flowers to add a bit of colour. Pots can also be taken with you when you move into your new home.
If you have any redundant areas in your garden, you can soon improve the appearance by levelling out and then covering with bark or gravel. You can then decorate with some colourful planters or pots.
Bins aren’t particularly pretty! If you have the space, try and hide them away. Alternatively, put them in your garden shed or garage so that they cannot be seen.
Dress it up!
If you have space for garden furniture, set it up and if the weather is good, you can ‘dress’ the table with a bottle of wine, a few glasses, some candles and some cushions.
Jet wash your paved patios! It is not the best job, but it really does brighten up the garden. If you have decking, it’s a good idea to give it a jet wash off too as it can become a bit slippery over winter.
Make sure your house number or name sign is nice and shiny. If it is starting to rust or look a bit untidy, get a new sign put in its place.
Sensor garden lights are fantastic, particularly for property viewings taking place on a late winter afternoon. Solar lights dotted about in borders can be effective or if you have any trees, purchase a few uplighters to create a striking effect.
At this time of year, remove fairy lights that you haven’t got around to taking down after Christmas. Christmas decorations in January and February are not a selling point!
Reflect the space – Mirrors!
Mirrors are great for reflecting light and enhancing colours, they will also help create a greater impression of space. Fix a mirror to a bare wall in your garden and see the difference!
Children’s climbing frames and trampolines can be left in place if in good condition as they help a prospective buyer visualise what they can fit in the garden. If you are happy to sell these, be sure to let the viewer know that the items can be included in the sale, if the offer level is right.
Pretend to be a prospective buyer!
After you have been out for the day, return to your property with a fresh pair of eyes! Are you enticed inside by the appearance of the exterior? You need to remember that any potential buyer will arrive at your house and do exactly the same.