We have listed some tips to help you.
Take the Chill Off – Make your home so welcoming that your viewers never want to leave.
As the dark nights draw in, resist shutting the curtains and instead pop on some warming lighting, including table lamps and candles. Good lighting will be essential on a drab day, so make sure that all of your lights are working. If you have a wood burner we recommend lighting it for the viewing, you can’t beat a crackling fire on a winters day.
If you are out at work all day, preset your heating to come on ahead of the viewing especially in spare bedrooms and lesser-used rooms to take the edge off that cold or damp feeling.
First Impressions – You only get one chance to make a first impression right?! – Make it a good one.
Is your welcoming doormat no longer looking so welcoming? If so, replace it. Does your front door look tired also? If so, a fresh coat of paint or replacing it will help your property to become more appealing.
We know that gardens can be a bit messy at this time of the year and we don’t expect you to be out tendering lovingly to your flower beds and hanging baskets during this weather, and your buyers would not expect that either. However, a quick rake up of leaves, a trim back of overhanging branches that are blocking the windows, a patio blitz with the jet wash to remove any slippery moss and a general tidy up of pathways is a great way to ensure that your garden still looks welcoming.
Remove Clutter – Be Brave! If you have not used it in the last 6 months or if you forgot that you even had it – let it go! De-cluttering is essential as you can open up space and create a fresh and breathable atmosphere. By clearing out all your clutter now, you will also save time when it comes to moving – a win, win situation!
We hope that this has helped you with your preparation and wish you every success; our advice comes from years of experience and knowing what helps to sell homes at the best possible price.
If you require more advice on how to prepare your property for marketing or a free valuation on your home please do not hesitate to call us on 01626 774629. We would love to help.