Longer days, green shoots and blossoms. Spring in Melbourne: crisp windy and wet. This is a time to rejoice and celebrate new beginnings. Our homes should likewise celebrate the new season.
Typically the most popular time for selling homes in Melbourne, how do you make your home stand out from the crowd and entice buyers inside in Spring?
As with all first meetings it is all about initial impressions so let's start with street appeal.
- Make sure that the lawn is mowed and the edges are trimmed.
- Give the garden some fertilizer and make sure garden beds are mulched.
- Now is the time to tidy camellias and cut back the lemon trees.
- It's a great time to plant to fill those bare patches in the garden beds with affordable potted colour.
Inside, Paint where needed to brighten and freshen your rooms or at least attend to scuffs chips and marks on walls and woodwork.
Beautiful bloosoms and bulbs are bursting forth and you should take your interior colour palatte from what is in your garden which should have a theme or predominant colour - yellow if you have daffodils and jonquils, lemon trees and roses, blue if you have bluebells and lavender, white and pale pink if you have deciduous trees that have blossoms.
Bring the outside in by using the same colour palette inside; cut the blooms from trees and display them in vases or use pots of daffodils instead of fresh flowers as table centers or decoration. Continue this theme into any alfresco areas; match any cushions and table settings to these colours.
Decorate the kitchen table with any herbs that may be flowering, like chives or sage and display a coloured water bottle and glasses to complete the look.
Treat yourself to new front and back doormats and provide a soft mat for the inside the door; it can be very wet in Spring. Have a receptacle for umbrellas at the front door.
Have the fireplace lit but also have windows slightly open; in Spring buyers don't mind so much if it's a little cool, as long as it is not stuffy. Keep the music upbeat and light and, of course have all the lights on during the open home, particulary on an overcast day.