The current lockdown has curtailed many of the activities of Victorian homeowners, including actively inspecting properties for sale for those that are planning on making a move in the second half of 2021.
If there is an upside to the lockdown, (as unlikely as that idea may sound right now), being stuck at home has also given those people with real estate aspirations an ideal opportunity to start preparing their own property for the coming Spring market.
Yes, it may be cold and wet outside right now, but the official start of Spring is only a matter of weeks away and, as we have mentioned before, Spring is the season where the early bird definitely has an advantage when it comes to timing your sale.
With this in mind, it’s worth reminding everyone that whilst you will want to ensure that your garden is looking good for Spring, don’t overlook the effect that scented flowers can have on first time visitors.
Scent is a powerful memory trigger and can help your property to stand out in the minds of potential buyers. Floral scents can also be very effective when buyers are inspecting your property late in the day or in the evening, when the visual impact of the garden is reduced. So now is the time to consider adding the power of fragrance to your property inspections.
Some of the scents most commonly associated with Spring in Victoria come from plants like Daphne (pictured), whilst this is also the time of year when bulbs such as Freesias and Jonquils are starting to make their presence felt all over our State. Other options for springtime fragrances include flowering shrubs like the traditional Gardenias, Lavender and Lilac, (although the latter can be a little challenging to grow for some people).
Whilst many homeowners may be reluctant to plant a tall-growing species purely for sale purposes, plants like Frangipani (in frost-free areas), the Chinaberry (or Cape Lilac as it is sometimes known), or even one of the fragrant flowering cherries can also enhance a Spring sale.
Preparing your property to make the most positive impact on buyers is just one of the many ways that the team at Ian Reid Buyer and Vendor Advocates can assist you when you’re considering selling your home. If you would to read through our booklet “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”, you can download a free copy while you’re here. Alternatively, you might prefer to give us a call on 9430 0000 when it’s convenient.