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12:00 AM 4th May 2024

The Spring DIY Jobs That Can Add The Most Value To Your Property

Image by Jens Neumann from Pixabay
Image by Jens Neumann from Pixabay
The warmer weather is a great time for homeowners looking to put their property on the market to tackle jobs which can help you sell your home faster.

First impressions count, and that means making the outside of your home look as appealing as possible.

Jonathan founder of House Buy Fast said:
"As we move from Winter into Spring everyone is looking at getting round to the jobs they've been putting off.

"For anyone looking to sell a home then a Spring refresh before you put it on the market is vital.

"There are a few jobs which, if prioritised, can create the quickest results that, ultimately, might help secure a quick sale and boost the offer you receive."

Outlining the jobs which can add the most value:

Gardens, doors, windows and walls are the first things a prospective buyer will notice – and in their mind it’s the first thing their friends and family will notice if it becomes their home. Setting the right impression at the beginning of a viewing can also set the tone for the rest of the property and is more likely to lead to a positive outcome.

Improving any outside space will boost its value, particularly as we’ve all appreciated its importance more and more lately. The mood-boosting benefits of gardening and getting outside should not be underestimated so making the most of it provides another reason for a viewer to turn into a buyer.

Get dead-heading and pruning any plants or flowers which have passed their best. No one is going to feel joy at looking at dead flowers. Whether it’s a window box, a patio with space for pots or a garden, putting in seasonal flowers looks good and shows a property is cared for. You don’t need to spend a fortune and can even take them with you when you move.

Give the area a really good clean. Leaves left over from autumn and discarded items make a place look scruffy. Spring cleaning doesn’t just happen inside the home.

Jet washing is one of the quickest and most satisfying ways to boost kerb appeal. Hose down the drive and patio areas to remove lichen and grime, which has been especially bad this year after so much rainfall.

Windows are important for how a home looks from the inside and the outside. Make sure glass is cleaned both inside and out and hinges are in good working order. If you have wooden windows, check for any damage which often takes place over winter – particularly with the amount of rain we’ve had. A coat of primer and paint or mending a broken sash bar can avoid a viewer wondering if they will need to replace an expensive window.

A home should be well-ventilated for viewings in warmer weather – make sure they open and close easily.

Wash gates and the front door to remove dirt, spider webs and other muck which accumulates over winter and give the path or patio a good sweep. If you can get the weeding done, even better.

Spring clean the entire property. Dust shows much more in the bright spring sunshine and you want to encourage prospective buyers to imagine living in domestic bliss, not sneezing!

Fresh flowers and spring air fresheners give a welcoming feel but they should not be overpowering. Scented seasonal flowers will feel more natural but make sure you change the water regularly or the smell could be the opposite to the one you were hoping for.

Make any outdoor seating area welcoming by cleaning the furniture and putting on cushions and opening a parasol for viewings – assuming the rain has stopped. Plants or flowers, or maybe a jug of juice and glasses on the table are also inviting and it all help viewers visualise themselves living there.

More practically, check the roof and guttering for winter damage and blockages and get them sorted right away. Blockages left for a time can lead to damage to the brickwork and damp inside the home.