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Clearing away the cobwebs

If you are putting your house on the market in the next few weeks, it’s a good idea to start your spring cleaning early as not only will you be showing off your home at its best but it also gives you a chance to have a bit of a clear out. There is always so much to do in the few days before the move that getting ahead will lead to a less stressful time.

Here are our top five tips for sprucing up your home:

1. Start the decluttering early

There is nothing more off-putting than viewing a home where you can’t see the wood for the trees. Start a few weeks before you put your house on the market and work through one room at a time sorting unwanted items into those to be thrown away, a box for the charity shop and others that can be sold.

Whilst a minimalist look might attract some viewers, it’s a good idea to make your home look warm and inviting without filling every space with personal knick-knacks.

2. Too much furniture?

If you have too much furniture in a room consider putting a few large pieces into storage for a few weeks to give a feeling of space in the living rooms.

3. Don’t forget the garden and the garage

First impressions count and the front garden needs to be neat and tidy with the winter debris cleared from the flower beds, hedges neatly trimmed and a coat of paint on the front gate.

Clean your drive and front path with a pressure washer to remove the worst of the algae and brighten up the paving.

The garage should reveal there is lots of storage space, so it’s a good idea to take any unwanted items to the recycling centre.

As soon as the lawn is dry enough give it a mow with blades set quite high and trim the edges for a professional look.

4. Welcome viewers to a clean home

With the clutter out of the way and the furniture in position, it’s time to give the house a thorough clean. Arm yourself with a good pair of rubber gloves, a bucket of hot soapy water and a pile of cleaning cloths and dusters. Remember to open the windows for ventilation if you are using any cleaning chemicals. Finally, check the ceilings for stray cobwebs and give the windows a polish inside and out.

5. Focus on the Kitchen and Bathrooms

They say that kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most important areas viewers look at when buying a home. Pay particular attention to polishing taps, mirrors and showers, scrubbing tiles, and airing the kitchen after cooking.

Equally important are those adorable pets – whilst we don’t notice our furry friends’ aromas, a visitor may well so it is good idea to check your home smells sweet before viewings.

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