Selling your home in winter? Here are a few tips
With the arrival of a new season it is important to identify some key, yet simple changes to ensure your home is looking its best if you are considering selling this winter.
When selling your home, first impressions really do count. Capturing both the attention and imagination of prospective purchasers in those first crucial moments should not be underestimated. Often buyers will have formed their initial opinion before stepping foot inside the front door, with this in mind it is important to consider both the property’s curb appeal together with the look and feel created inside.
Often prospective sellers will take special care in preening their property to perfection during spring and summer months. But the same attention should be given during the winter months. Interestingly, it is in these gloomier seasons when the smallest of changes to a property can make the most impact, making your home stand out as warm and welcoming against the bleak backdrop of the British winter.
My top 10 tips:
1. Make sure the entrance of your property is swept of leaves, and is snow and ice free.
2. Plant hardy plants in the garden that can withstand the colder winter months. Since winter plants are not particularly attractive in the summer months you may find it easier to use plant containers with winter flowers, berries and dramatic evergreen foliage.
3. Putting a seasonal wreath on the door can be immediately welcoming and can set the tone for the rest of the viewing.
4. It can be a nice touch to have a coat stand or free up some coat pegs at the front door for potential buyers to remove their coats when they come out of the cold and into your warm and welcoming home.
5. Make sure the heating is on for viewings, a suggested temperature is 21 degrees.
6. If you are lucky enough to have an open fire, make sure it is lit for viewings, fires are a great added asset to a property.
7. In the lead up to Christmas, decorate your home with tasteful decorations and pretty lighting to twinkle and sparkle throughout the festive season.
8. When possible light candles for evening appointments.
9. If any rooms need a fresh coat of paint you might want to consider warmer seasonal colours rather than neutral tones.
10. Our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than any of our other senses and recognition of smell is immediate so make some mulled wine and infuse the house with the smell of Christmas.