Selling Season?

Spring is here and selling season is on! With the fresh crisp air and the floating floral scent of flowers awakening, people dreaming of selling their home pull off the dust covers from the chairs and place the cookies in the oven. But is spring really the best season to be selling your home?

When looking at the figures, spring is not necessarily the right time to sell every home. There are a variety of factors that change the attractiveness of your home on the market, including the style of the property, the suburb and surrounds, and neighbouring homes. For example, is your property next to large open fields or gardens? Or is your property situated in the inner city suburbs such as Woolloongabba, where events or development turn your street into a parking lot?

The right season for your home could be the quiet period of winter or the bustling hype of summer. There are always advantages to selling the right property in off peak seasons. This is how seasons influence how you will present and market your home. 

Spring

The fresh air and the clear skies make any potential home a family dream. This season is good for homes with lush or large yards (acreage included), holiday homes and homes that have a lighter colour scheme. During this season focus is on highlighting the potential in these types of houses. Meaning its time to get into the garden and prune those bushes, fertilise the lawn and make sure the colours are vibrant, especially coming out of the colder months. Pay extra attention to cleaning pavers and driveways with a pressure washer and re-coat worn paint or wooden features. For tips inside the home, with a lighter colour scheme get into the nasty corners on the walls and doors to clean off any mould spots or cob webs. Finally add a touch of colour with flowers, cushions and welcome mat. 

 Source: Addison's Wonderland

Source: Addison's Wonderland

Summer

Short shorts and beach days come our way when the Australian heat is turned up during the summer months. If your home has that beachy feel by being near the beach or even a nice large pool area or is your home lit with vibrance from the sun, that just hits all the right corners? This is the season for you. Summer is all about keeping the house clean and friendly. As the summer does tend to put the heat on, make sure your home is well aired with windows open or has the comfort of air-conditioning to really make potential buyers feel at ease. Make inspections feel more like a lifestyle display and have loungers by the pool with leaf print cushions or colour schemed towels, this really shows the potential of a home to buyers. For tips inside the home place playful pieces such as a combination of leafy vases and fruit centrepieces on dining and side tables.

 Source: Hannah Blackmore Photography

Source: Hannah Blackmore Photography

Autumn

Behind Spring, Autumn is another busy time in real estate, meaning your house is in a long line in the market. It's one of those months that Melbourne weather is famous for with all 4 seasons in one day. This unpredictable nature of weather can impact your open house if not properly prepared. Ensure the home is well lit throughout if its rainy/cloudy or windows open if sunny with a cool breeze. Making your guests as comfortable as possible through keeping the house at a nice and steady temperature and accomodating the needs of wet umbrellas with a stand, can influence the homy feels of the autumn season. For tips inside the home bring out the candles and place on tables and shelves while placing subtle orange or beige throws over chairs or beds. To really make is feel like home, ditch the cookies and put cinnamon sticks on a low heat in the oven prior to the open home.

 Source: Adore Magazine

Source: Adore Magazine

Winter

Is the main feature of your home exposed wooden beams, darker interiors or sporting a fire place (whether usable or for decor)? Then winter is your season. Winter sees the real estate market slow down, although there are advantages with having your home on the market for potential buying when everyone else is holding off till spring. Pull back curtains and lift the blinds and give them a good dust. Let as much natural light into your home while using brighter lamps and mirror placement to enhance the space. If the fire place is working, let if run softly while potential buyers walk though your home, just make sure all safety measure are considered. Enhance wooden features with branch vases and leafy dark green pieces for the tables. For an extra homey touch place a coat rack next to the door, making guests feel like they already own the place. 

 Source: Martha's Vineyard Interior Design

Source: Martha's Vineyard Interior Design

Rhiannon Smit