A Spring Clean is a great way for sellers to get their homes in show day condition and ensure that their property stands out in the current competitive real estate environment. 

First impressions count
When it comes to property, appearances matter – so make it count in the right way. If buyers have the choice between two homes in an area that offer similar features and are within the same price bracket, then the determining factor that will distinguish one home from the other will be the buyer’s overall first impression of the property. This will be based on what they see, hear, smell and feel when they first enter the home. All these elements will contribute to and influence the overall feel of the home, which will generate an emotional response. If this experience is positive and results in a favourable impression, it is more likely that the buyer will feel compelled to make an offer.

Spring clean also means repair
Attention should be paid to every detail in the home, ensuring that even the slightest cracked window pane is replaced. Buyers will be looking for things that are wrong with the home. Remember that your home is competing with others in the area, so it is imperative that every effort is made to ensure it is in its best condition.

Allow buyers to picture themselves living there
Apart from washing and scrubbing, spring cleaning also entails decluttering. Potential buyers need the space to be able to view the home at their leisure and be able to visualise themselves living in there. Packing away personal items and photos will make buyers feel more at ease as it will help them to see themselves in the home. To get rid of scuff marks and to freshen up the space, a new coat of paint in neutral, muted colours will also work wonders.

Get rid of bad odours
Unpleasant odours can drive prospective buyers away so ensure that the home smells inviting. Traces of food, pets or smoking and other disagreeable odours can kill deals fast.

Get a trusted second opinion
Homeowners often have an emotional attachment to their home, often making it difficult to have an objective view. Because of this, it’s advisable to call in a second opinion about what improvements might need to be made to get the home show day ready. Rather than avoiding input from others, seek out honest opinions that focus on both the home’s good points as well as the bad. If you are worried about possible conflict with friends or family, a trusted estate agent will give their honest and direct opinion regarding what should be done to make the home more marketable.

*Advice sourced from Grant Rea, Certified Sales and Letting Specialist at RE/MAX Living.