Seven tips for selling your home during the winter
"Quite often, it is the smallest changes to a property that can make it stand out over others. A warm, inviting atmosphere in the dreary winter months is key," says Simon Gerrard, president of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).
"Simple things such as making sure a home is warm and well lit can improve saleability during the darker months and additions such as welcoming garden lights to enhance the entrance to your home can appeal to buyers’ imaginations," he adds.
The NAEA has put together the following list of tips for anyone hoping to sell their home this winter.
1. First impressions count, so make sure the exterior of your property is looking its best. Keep the front garden clean and tidy and sweep leaves off paths.
2. Clear leaves and debris from gutters and drains to reduce the chance of damage and unsightly leaves.
3. Spend time tidying up your back garden by removing patio furniture, which can look damp and dirty during the winter months. If there is nowhere to store them, then make sure they are covered over.
Fix loose and damaged fence panels or gates and cut back overhanging branches, which can make the interior of your home seem dark.
4. Lighting is key to an attractive home. Check that rooms are well lit and lights are in working order. Make the most of natural daylight by opening curtains and blinds during the day.
5. Lack of storage can put off potential vendors, so check that entrances, doorways, stairs, hall and porch are clutter-free.
6. Don’t skimp on your home heating – buyers will be put off if your home is too cold.
7. Make sure your home smells fresh by opening windows and avoiding unpleasant cooking aromas. Estate agents do recommend brewing fresh coffee or even baking bread.
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