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We may have said once or twice before but the importance of staging a home before viewings is vitally important; however, you may not be aware of the power of staging your garden too. With Spring (and a hint of summer today!) comes a great opportunity to let your garden do some showing off. In this article, we offer some great tips on getting the best out of your garden space and ensuring it appeals to buyers:

 

Consider who you are selling the property to

 

This is important as if you are selling a property for a family or as a starter home it changes the way you should stage a garden. A young family will enjoy lawn space as well as some patio or decking area for parents to sit back and relax. If your home is more for an elderly couple who may be downsizing perhaps, they will need a maintenance free garden and work your gardening magic to appeal to your target market i.e. your viewers.

 

Survey the garden

 

Instead of simply paying attention to the inside of the house, get outside and survey the area. Is it clean? Is it tidy looking? If you took photos now, would it look nice and alluring to potential buyers? If you have garden furniture, ensure it is in good condition and if it needs some refurbishment or revamping, get it done ahead of viewings. Don’t forget to consider the front and back areas as everything will be considered when buyers are viewing your home. The gates should be in good condition and the side entrance should be clear and clean of any rubbish.

 

Clean up

 

Dirty paths look terrible so get a power hose and clean down all the path and driveway area. Check everything is in good condition and if things are broken, fix them. There is no excuse for long grass so pay attention to the lawn and cut it regularly to keep it fresh looking. Use a strimmer to cut away the nasty edges and remove any weeds in the grass too. Trim out of control bushes, take time to prune the flowers and clean the gutters. Scrub and re-stain garden furniture if required.

 

Break up the green areas

 

Make them look more appealing with pops of colour including garden ornaments, flower beds, water features and garden furniture. If the weather is good and will continue to be good, consider laying out nice throws or blankets on the garden furniture chairs, light a few candles and be creative with bird houses. Create a garden space that they can imagine their life being in.

 

Get the green fingers out

 

Flowers are beautiful and whether you are green fingered or not, prospective buyers will love to see a garden full of vibrant colour and life. Take notes on gardening and pick colours or size of flowers that will suit the garden. Place flowers in flower beds and pop taller plants behind the flowers to create a wondrous impression. It helps to have viewings when flowers are in bloom too! A few hanging baskets around the front and back doors can make a lovely impression too and once filled with colourful flowers they are pretty. Window boxes are another option if window space is ample.

 

Check the sheds and greenhouses

 

If you have a shed or a greenhouse, you’ll need to ensure it is tidy and fit for its purpose too. Give the garden shed a lick of paint to match in with the rest of its surroundings and stain other wooden items if required. Put away the barbecue even if you are currently using it, as they usually get dusty and might be in the way.

 

Now you have a garden that will sell itself as the perfect accompaniment to the home they are hoping to buy!

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

 

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

Full details here:

https://kinsellaestates.ie/property/churchlands-tinahely-co-wicklow/

 

 

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

 

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Churchlands, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

 

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

 

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Truly stunning family home in Coollattin, Shillelagh south County Wicklow

For further property details, see: https://kinsellaestates.ie/property/coolattin-shillelagh-co-wicklow/

 

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

 

 

If you are buying a second-hand home or simply have a home that has been lived in for ten or more years, it might be the time to consider revamping your kitchen.

We know that most families spend a huge amount of their time in the kitchen and how vital it is that the kitchen does what it should – it is the heart of most homes after all! With kitchens generally being considered one of the most important rooms in the home, it is not unusual for homeowners to spend upwards of 20,000 euro on their dream kitchen. For home-owners who are not in a position to splurge, we have put together some ideas and tips on bringing your tired kitchen space back to life. Here are a few handy tips:

 

Technology is your friend

 

The beauty of the digital age applies to your kitchen too. In fact, there are many smart devices out there to improve the heart of your home. With push-to-open cupboards, sensor sink taps and don’t get us started on the ever-expanding range of speciality coffee machines, you can have a kitchen that is smart. There are extractor fans with remote controls and fridges that boast connection to your smart device. It is incredible and there is no better way than bringing your kitchen up to date than with technology.

 

Make a budget

 

Before you get started, sit down and make a proper budget, then you can decide between what is a ‘must have’ and a ‘nice to have’. Take a break from online shopping and actually visit retailers for a full range of ex-display models and last of line supersales. New cupboards and drawers can be costly so perhaps the existing infrastructure can be upcycled with specialist paint and new fittings (pictured above). Likewise with white goods.

 

Pick a theme

 

You may find you are after a minimalist look or a more contemporary approach. Or you may love colours and will plan to have lots of brightness and flair in your kitchen. Whatever it is, go with something you love rather than the latest, fleeting, instagram trend that might well look dated in a short few years. Remember the outlay, a good rule of thumb is that your new kitchen should service your, your home and your family for at least ten or more years.

 

Consider fabrics and textures

 

Look at your kitchen space and consider how you can add texture to the room by the addition of rugs, carpet in the dining area or cosy blankets/throws for the backs of chairs. Don’t forget your curtains, blinds and shutters as they are vital in creating the right look and feel.

 

Let your creativity flow

 

Let your dream come alive with some personality and creative flair by picking funky taps, larger than usual sinks, granite worktops or wooden flooring. Whatever you want to do, do it and take this opportunity to have fun with it. Top tip: succulent plants are great for kitchens and there is a huge range of stylised pots that will complement your theme. Similarly, paint ornaments to create a unified scheme across the kitchen and dining area.

 

Get the floor and tiles done

 

It is expensive but if you are changing the kitchen you might as well factor in flooring and shop around for the best price. A good floor can perfectly round off the kitchen and make it more flattering to the eye. Furthermore, it cleans up the space! Finally, don’t forget to freshen up painted walls, ceilings, skirting and doors/architraves for a polished look.

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

 

 

 

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

 

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

 

Okay, now here’s something we don’t talk about too often – bathrooms – yet, the bathroom is one of the places house-hunters will be most interested in seeing. If your bathroom is a few decades old, it may not be particularly impressive, however, there are ways you can bring it to life without it costing a small fortune. A few little upgrades can make all the difference and make prospective buyers see the full potential of the property.

 

Here are a few (hopefully!) helpful tips on making bathrooms shine for viewings:

 

Change the taps

Changing the taps is a quick, easy and cost-effective way to bring a bathroom sink area to life. Taps come in all sorts of shapes and sizes now so you can play around with the look that suits the bathroom best.

 

Paint the bathroom

You may have a fully tiled bathroom and if you do, that is great but don’t forget to paint the ceiling of the bathroom as it will freshen the bathroom up. If you don’t have a fully tiled bathroom there is no need to panic as a fresh bit of paint over the walls will put a spring into the bathrooms step. There is also a cheap option of painting old or tired tiles as well as regrouting them to brighten them up or you could change it altogether…

 

Change the flooring 

If you find that your flooring needs a revamp and you have the budget, then definitely consider changing the flooring with either new tiles or engineered wooden flooring. The engineered wooden flooring is best for bathrooms as it has a plywood base that holds up well against high moisture. Of course, you can always opt for porcelain or ceramic tiles either which depending on the style can range in price. 

 

Scrub the bathroom

This might sound obvious but we are talking DEEP, deep cleaning. This means getting down and cleaning everything in the bathroom including the toilet bowl and bath. The hint of dark marks do not make the best impression so ensure the bathroom surroundings are sparkling. Before viewings do a final check on the space and make sure there is no rubbish or unsightly marks on the bath or sinks.

 

Check the lighting

If your bathroom has an overhead light then it will need to be cleaned too as some get rather dusty and attract a whole manner of species. Make sure the lightbulb is the right wattage and allows viewers to see the bathroom properly.

 

Remove mats and create a sense of space

Again, this comes down to decluttering as no viewer needs to see the huge amounts of shampoo you have. Remove the things that aren’t needed and even if bits and bobs are stored in cupboards, remember that viewers like to snoop so create a sense of space by half filling the shelving and cupboards. Mats were traditionally used in bathrooms but they are messy and a better option is a bamboo wooden mat that sits on the floor perfectly.

 

Add some plants

A bathroom will look brighter with the addition of some plants and natural influences. Reduce the clutter and think minimalist to have a bathroom that is clean and sophisticated. Too much clutter, colours or textures could prove off putting to some prospective buyers.

 

 

For your FREE, no obligation, valuation in the South Wicklow and North Wexford area, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at www.KinsellaEstates.ie. We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.  Alternatively, email me directly on michael@kinsellaestates.ie or telephone: +353 53 94 21718

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