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Tips for selling your home this winter
Nov 2019
 

Although spring or early autumn are traditionally seen as the best times to put your house on the market, selling up in winter can have its advantages. There are fewer properties on the market to compete with, most viewers during the off-season tend to be serious buyers, and potential new owners will likely want to complete a sale as quickly as possible so they can move in by Christmas. Here’s how to maximise your chances of selling during winter months.

 

 

 

                                        

Carry out preventative winter maintenance

Some home repair issues are more obvious during the winter, so before you put your home on the market make sure that your boiler is in good working order and check your property for any signs of damp. Clear dead leaves from gutters and walkways and make sure none of your pipes are frozen or leaking.

Create a cosy ambience

Making your home feel warm and cosy is essential for creating a positive first impression during winter months. Keep the central heating on for viewings and create an inviting atmosphere with lamps, throws and blankets on sofas, candles, and welcoming log fire if you have one.

Maximise natural light

Natural light can be scarce during the winter, so allow as much into your home as possible by pulling back curtains and blinds and giving windows a thorough clean inside and out. If a potential buyer is coming after dark make sure your porch light or security light is working, add lamps in any dark corners, and replace dim bulbs with a higher wattage to create a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

Tidy up outside

Without the benefit of colourful flowers and plants, a winter garden can look messy and unappealing. Make sure your lawn is mowed, clear dead leaves off garden furniture, and trim back overhanging bushes and branches. Keeping the front walkway clear and checking that none of the windows are blocked by overgrown foliage is especially important for making a good first impression.

Decorate in moderation

Decorating your home in the run up to Christmas can help create a homely, welcoming atmosphere, but overdoing the seasonal décor may make the interior look small and cramped. Add a few tasteful festive touches, such as a twinkling Christmas tree and bowls of scented pinecones and keep rooms free of clutter during viewings.

Thinking of selling your property this winter? The expert team at Lillicrap Chilcott can ensure you get the best possible price for your home. Contact us for more information.