How to prepare your home and garden for a Spring sale
Insights Team, August 25, 2020

Winter is gone, and summer is on its way. With a decrease in the national lockdown levels and new enthusiasm in the market, this spring is one of the best times to sell your house. Find out how you can best prepare your home for a spring sale. 

After a tough winter that has been dominated by Covid-19 concerns, we’re all delighted that spring is finally here! And with lockdown having recently been reduced to level two, there has never been a better time to sell your house. With the warmer weather and the economy gradually reopening, potential buyers are going to re-emerge and they will be eager to reignite their efforts to find their perfect home – and the home they want could very well be yours.

Before you take the leap though and sell your home, it is essential to ensure that you adequately prepare your house and garden for the sale. The degree to which your home is welcoming and inviting for potential buyers could make or break your sale. If it looks like you take pride in your home, it will be extremely appealing to house hunters.

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Here are some tips on how to prepare your home and garden for a spring sale:

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Make sure the windows and floors shine 

If your windows don’t reflect a pristine condition, a potential buyer may be put off without even realising it. It is therefore essential to make sure that your windows are spotless. Every window in the house (inside and outside) should be thoroughly washed and all the mirrors should be polished so that they reflect sunlight. Then, make sure that you open every window in the house. It’s also essential to clean your floors thoroughly; you might want to consider bringing in carpet cleaners if they’re very dirty, and you must give hardwood floors a once-over with wooden floor polish.

Clean those drapes, curtains and blinds

It’s also advisable to give all your window coverings a good clean – send the drapes and curtains to the dry cleaners for a wash, dry and press, toss the blinds into a soapy bathtub and add even more “pizazz” by cleaning the linens. 

Wipe down every cupboard in the house 

The appearance of your kitchen and bathroom is always top of mind for potential buyers – the better the aesthetics of these two rooms, the more likely that they will want to buy your home, especially since they are the two primary rooms that buyers want to see. To get these two rooms in tip-top condition, ensure that you use a damp cloth to wipe down any dirt, dust or grime on the outside of your cupboards as well as your backsplash area.

Give the home a good touch-up 

An experienced buyer will examine your home with a fine tooth comb and will notice any damage to or drab appearances of skirtings and cornices, which could indicate that there were previous incidents such as rising damp or burst geysers.  Never fear though; you easily remedy this situation with a coat of paint or even a quick wipe down.

Brighten up the home with fresh flowers 

Fresh- cut flowers don’t just make visitors to the house feel more welcome; they also evoke the feeling of spring and new beginnings.  Natural scents from flowers such as jasmine bunches, lavender stems or Monster branches will be more appealing than artificial flowers and will trigger fewer allergies for those who are susceptible. Yellow flowers are great to buy as they are a good indicator of spring and may stimulate buying urges.  You can place these bright coloured flowers in planter boxes or buy flowers in containers.

Make your house pretty with household items 

Using softer spring colours such as pastels for your household objects will light up the room and make it bright and welcoming. This means that you may have to replace some towels, linens, throws and sofa pillows with more vibrant-coloured ones, but you’ll also get fresh items to use as a bonus. You should also maybe put a nice throw on your bed and make sure that towels are layered on your bathroom rack.

Add little touches 

You can also add little touches that will make your home more appealing to visitors: make sure you clear the unedifying sight of bins and maybe place some washing powder in all the rooms beforehand to make sure they smell nice and inviting. 

Garden 

If you’re lucky enough to own a garden, it is equally important to touch up the garden and make it welcoming for visitors, especially since this is the first feature of your house that prospective buyers will see. Here are some of the things you may want to consider doing: 

Neaten up your sidewalk 

As visitors come to view your property, they should see a cut, well-manicured grass covering leading up to our home. Place an outdoor mat at your front door to ensure that visitors feel welcomed into the property. 

Neaten up the garden

It’s advisable to hire a garden service to clean up your garden: they should mow the lawn, trim the hedges and clean out any dead, leaves, debris and shrubs. Also, make sure that there isn’t any overgrown vegetation that will block the windows or path to the entrance.  

Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. If possible, the lawn should be diagonally mowed to make your garden appear larger. All this will create the impression that you loved your home and took pride in it– which is very appealing to house hunters.

Clean up the garage and/or shed

Whether you have a tidy garage/shed or use them as a dumping ground for your old stuff, you need to make sure they are in order before having a property viewing – it is essential to create space.  If you feel either of these areas are looking a bit worn out, you can spruce them up with a bit of varnish or paint.  In a garage, make sure that all the lighting works and that the doors open and shut properly.  Also, make sure you either park your car neatly in the garage or even consider parking it outside for the duration of showing your house to buyers. 

One last check and you’re good to go!

After you finish this massive spring clean, give it a day or two and then return to the property for one last check that you can do with a fresh perspective. Most importantly, don’t forget to use Leadhome when selling your property. Our Agents of Change will make the process of selling your house seamless and will offer you invaluable advice and support along the way. 


Insights Team
We're the "thinking arm" of Leadhome, combining expertise in data analysis, modelling, sociology, geography, and philosophy to interrogate current trends in the South African residential property market. Proudly contemplative since 2015.

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