Everything you need to know about selling a property in spring
17 March 2023
With everyone coming out of winter hibernation, the spring market tends to be the busiest with lighter nights meaning more viewing hours and gardens coming back to life.
High level of demand
There are traditionally more buyers in the spring months so it’s a good time to sell your property. If you leave it until summer, it could mean that you miss out on buyers.
While there are more properties on the market in spring, meaning more competition, you will have a larger pool of buyers attending viewings.
Few buyers will want to spend their summer looking for a new home so they will likely want to make an offer and close the sale quickly. Families in particular tend to look for a home during this time as the tail-end of spring and the beginning of the summer months are a convenient time to move with school-age children.
First-time buyers usually spend Christmas with their families and then start their property search in the new year, putting spring sellers in prime position to appeal to this demographic.
What will the spring market be like this year?
There are signs the spring market is expected to be busy this year, especially due to clear indications that the predicted recession is going to be less severe than anticipated, and the market returning to pre-pandemic levels which should result in a more balanced market for buyers and sellers alike.
Having a buyer for your own property puts you in a powerful position when it comes to buying a house compared to buyers who have yet to sell.
It’s the ideal time for home improvements
If you want to paint your property or carry out DIY tasks before putting your home on the market, the spring months are the perfect time to do it with lighter nights and Easter holidays.
Appoint a solicitor estate agent
After you have invited selling agents to value your property, you will need to choose one to take you through the rest of the selling process.
TSPC solicitor estate agents are experts in the local property market and can take care of the entire selling process, from marketing the property to the legal process.
They are also duty bound by the Law Society of Scotland guarantee to provide the best service possible to you and work to stay up-to-date with any changing guidance and legislation on selling a property in Scotland.
How do you get your home ready to sell in spring?
Before you put your home on the market, you should make sure that it’s in the best condition possible. You should try and remember what attracted you to the property initially and enhance those areas to show the property in its best light.
First impressions count so spruce up your entrance, dust down your doormat and bring the aromas of spring into your home by displaying reed diffusers, freshly cut flowers or scented plants. Remove personal effects such as family photographs, and make sure everywhere is clean and fresh before your home is photographed for sale.
To truly show off how much storage space your property has, make sure you declutter before viewings start. Box up your winter wardrobe and store it in a cupboard or attic.
Complete any repairs or maintenance work that needs doing and freshen up any tired décor – whether that’s a lick of paint, repairing a crack or just brightening up the bathroom grout, it all makes a difference.
For the finishing touches think about interior design – try staging your home by adding accent colours and patterns into each room with colourful pillows, candles and artwork.
Ensure your garden looks as good as it can by clearing away any winter debris, hose down your patio and add some colourful flowers and plants.
Make use of the natural light – properties often look their best in the warmer months due to the sun’s natural light opening up rooms and creating the illusion of a bigger home. Make sure windows are clean and keep blinds and curtains open when viewings are taking place, ensuring as much natural light can get in as possible.