10 Tips to sell your home this winter
Well we are certainly feeling like winter has hit this week in Leeds, we’ve gone from a mild Christmas to freezing cold icy mornings and dark afternoons! Question is when it’s icy, snowy and raining are people thinking of moving?
The answer is yes!! With a real shortage of properties on the market at the end of last year and being a slow start on instructions this new year we are seeing a whole new group of buyers entering the market as well as the large database of buyers still looking from last year. Demand at the moment for property is far out waying supply.
Due to our 15 years experience in the Meanwood area we now spend a lot of our time matching buyers to properties that they haven’t even considered, this is because we know our area, we know our buyers and we make sure we know our properties inside out.
Martyn Baum, president of National Association of Estate Agents, says: “Traditionally, properties are harder to sell during the winter. It’s dark and cold and while homes don’t look as attractive, we’re less inclined to be proactive and search for a property – and this can leave sellers feeling in a stalemate position, waiting for the spring to kick in. Your estate agent should be well equipped to adapt to selling homes in these quieter periods but you can start by making changes as small as turning on a light or clearing out clutter.”
We’ve put together 7 tips to help you sell your home this winter!
- Keep it warm – It sounds simple but a cold house is not only unwelcoming but can make potential buyers worry how warm the house is and about running costs to keep it warm
- Keep it light and bright – If you have a good estate agent they should arrive 15 minutes before each viewing to turn lights and lamps on to give a welcoming glow to your home, there is nothing worse than walking into a dark unwelcoming house
- Make a good first impression – A really important step to consider when selling a home, is making a good first impression. Make sure the entrance to your home as attractive as possible. Give your door a fresh lick of paint, make sure the porch light is bright and vibrant and perhaps even decorate your front door step with some fresh potted plants and a welcome mat. It may sound superficial, but tiny refurbishments like these can have a huge impact
- Set your lights to timer – You never know when a potential buyer is driving past your home to check it out from the outside. If you’re not always in, it’s important to set your lights to timer. It will make your home look attractive and secure from the outside and more importantly, they might decide to arrange a second look
- Set the stage – A roaring fire can be a great asset in the winter, so you’ll want to use your fireplace during an inspection. Thick blankets can be used on couches and in the bedroom to create a cosy feeling, making buyers want to snuggle up in your home.
- Clean the windows and doors – As the exterior of your property is a lot more exposed in the winter, windows and doors can soon get grimy, so spend a bit of time washing these, paying particular attention to knockers, numbers and handles – as well as the frames and glass itself
- Keep the street clean too! – First impressions count and if your street looks like a dustbin it can actually affect the property by up to 12% according to a recent article in the Daily Express. It doesn’t matter if it’s not your litter, it could be the difference between you getting your home sold and get the best priced its time to get those marigolds out!