With the spring equinox occurring on Sunday 20th March, we can anticipate lighter, longer days, warmer weather, spring blooms and a more optimistic feeling.
These positive aspects, combined with the four-day Easter weekend at the end of March, make spring an optimum time to promote your Central London property for sale or rent.
Leading Central London estate agents Kay & Co has produced a number of top tips to help you prepare your property for the spring season, maximising the potential of successfully selling or renting your home.
First impressions count
People will make snap judgements based on the first thing they see, so you don’t want prospective vendors being greeted by lawns in need of a mow, overgrown shrubs and piles of leaf debris. It’s time to give your grass its first cut of the season (but ensure this is quite a high cut). Pull out the leaf blower, plant some seasonal blooms and remove weeds ready for the spring/summer season.
Giving the outside of your property a fresh coat of paint is also a good way to achieve the instant wow factor - even painting your front door and polishing the ironmongery will ‘lift’ the exterior of a Central London property.
Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, pansies and primroses are great spring flowers, and they make for an eye-catching display both inside and out. If your front garden isn’t already planted with flowers, most garden centres and supermarkets will sell pre-potted tubs and baskets that will add a dash of colour to your doorstep. The scent and sight of cut flowers is always impressive around the house. For longevity, take a look at the increasingly convincing array of silk flowers available in department stores and online – Graham & Green and Neptune are worth a look.
Now is the time to air and declutter your home. Open the windows and give your home a good spruce up, especially ahead of property photography and viewings. Clean windows inside and out, hide or store unwanted items, and make sure your mirrors and surfaces are dust free.
The clocks spring forward on the 27th March, which means that daylight lasts longer. In fact, the sun sets as late as 20.20 by the end of April. Encourage your agent to book evening appointments when it’s still light. This gives people who are busy at work or with their family during the day an extra opportunity to view your property.
At Kay & Co we have extensive knowledge of selling or renting a property in Bayswater, Hyde Park, Marylebone, Paddington, Regent’s Park and Fitzrovia. With a whiff of spring in the air and fresh starts on our minds, why not visit one of our Kay & Co offices for advice on home moving and property investment.