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Sell Your Home in Winter

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Typical advice from most sources is that spring is the optimum time to sell your house and winter should be avoided! Gardens in full bloom, sunshine and long evenings all help to make your home more attractive. Unfortunately, of course, life is not always that easy to schedule and there are still lots of people who are ready to buy in the winter. So if you’re on the market this season try these tips to maximise your chances of securing a buyer.

Invest in some outdoor lighting
Kerb appeal counts and your potential buyers will form an opinion about your property before they even step inside. With daylight fading at 3.30pm your buyers will need a helping hand to be able to see your property in all its glory. Invest in some outdoor lighting – it doesn't have to cost much to have an exterior light installed and it will make a huge difference to your home.

While you are paying attention to the outside of your property, don’t neglect the back garden. Staring out of your beautiful bi-fold doors into an eerie darkness won’t do your home justice. Invest in one or two inexpensive outdoor solar lights to highlight a corner, a tree or decorative plant to warm up the view.

Dress your house for the season
Just like your wardrobe, you home decor should change with the seasons. Lack of money and time usually prevents this from happening but if you are looking to sell in the winter you would do well to invest in some soft furnishings that really give your home that seasonal touch. Think soft, plush fabrics, rich vibrant colours and cosy extras like cushions and throws.

Tidy up the garden
Your garden may be the property’s crowning glory in the spring and summer but chances are its not looking its best during the winter months. Keep it neat and tidy. Trim back any hedges and trees, sweep away leaves  and tidy away any summer toys or furniture.

In the front garden introduce colour with some inexpensive winter pansies, violets and heather in the beds, window boxes or tall pots around the front door. And consider an autumnal or festive wreath on the door.

Make your home warm and inviting
You can actually turn the bad weather to your advantage by making your home as cosy and inviting for prospective buyers. Househunters will feel so welcome and warm when they enter your snug winter home they’ll be even more keen to snap it up. Have the heating on or a real fire burning, although be careful not to make it stifling (you want your buyers to feel comfortable enough to have a good look around).

Article taken in part from www.hoa.org.uk

Important Information
All property sales and the financial advice that surrounds them are as unique as the people engaging in the transaction. It is important to not make a decision without seeking professional advice. If you want to sell your home and are considering redecorating before marketing, speak to one of our Property Professionals to get the best advice for presenting your home for sale before making any investment.   

 

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