Whilst it hasn’t felt very Spring-like in recent weeks, the Easter weekend is almost upon us and that traditionally signals the start of the DIY season.

With lighter, brighter and hopefully warmer evenings ahead, you may even get out and about to explore your local area and consider your next move on the property ladder.  If this is the case, you’ll want to ensure that your current home is as marketable as possible so if you’re planning some DIY projects over the long weekend, you may wish to bear the following in mind.

First impressions count!  Ensure the kerb appeal of your home is positive.  After all the recent inclement weather, your garden is likely to need some TLC.  Time spent collecting up any debris that has been blown around; pots that are lying forlornly on their sides and giving the fence a fresh lick of paint can do wonders. 

As the weeks pass, and Spring really makes itself known, you’ll also want to keep on top of mowing the lawn and pruning the plants, but don’t worry if you don’t have green fingers – a few simple pot plants can really add that all important welcome to your home.

The external elevations of your property itself may also need some attention.  Now is the time to consider whether a fresh lick of paint would be a worthwhile investment and don’t forget that simply cleaning the windows can really add some all-important sparkle.

Once inside, the smell of freshly baked bread and recently brewed coffee have been considered for many years as the key to creating a homely feel.  Let’s be honest though, how many of us have the time or inclination to go this far?  Simply you simply can’t beat fresh air, so when the mercury rises sufficiently, throw open some windows and doors and before a viewing. 

Accepting, however, that we may still be a few weeks away from sufficient warmth to allow the windows to be thrown open, why not use the long weekend to carry out a thorough spring clean and de-clutter?

When you market your home for a sale it’s the bricks and mortar that you’re selling along with the overall ambience and ability for the viewer to imagine building their own life there.  They’ll need to see beyond your own contents to achieve this though, so now is a great time to get rid of any old furniture that you’re no longer going to need or want.  A neat, tidy home will give a clean, fresh impression, as well as make rooms seem larger.

Finally, if you’re a dab hand with a roller and brush and enjoy nothing more than giving a room a fresh lick of paint we’re increasingly seeing that neutral, yet contemporary, shades such as grey are popular choices.  If you’ve previously gone too bold, then a room can be transformed with a quick paint-job and provide the purchaser with a blank canvas from which to start building their own memories.

If you’re considering selling your home, then why not pop in to your local Andrews branch or visit us online at www.andrewsonline.co.uk for expert tips on how to maximise the value and appearance of your home.