There are buyers in the market in all seasons – if you have decided to put your home on the market in winter, have a look at the following tips to make your home warm and welcoming in the colder season. One of the keys to being successful in selling your property in winter is to make sure that your home makes a strong and positive impact on prospective buyers.
Make sure that the home is well lit for viewings and open houses. Poor lighting can make your home look cramped and unappealing. Sparkling clean windows, open drapes and blinds and let as much light as possible into the home.
If you have a fireplace – make sure that it is lit during viewing times, making the house look cosy and appealing in spite of the cold outside. Turn up the heat enough so that the home is warm and cosy – but not so much that your prospective buyers feel as if they have walked into a furnace!
Ensure that your garden is tidy and well-trimmed with weed-free, with well turned beds. Rake up any leaves and plant a few seasonal bedding plants – this can make all the difference to the kerb appeal of your home. If you have a courtyard or patio – a few well-placed potplants which are green, healthy and well watered will enhance the appeal of this area of your home. Use pots which bring a splash of colour into the surroundings.
Clean out all drains & gutters so that prospective buyers are not faced with large puddles and dripping water. Inspect your home carefully for any sign of damp and address all problems found. Use a high pressure washer to remove any moss from paving and stones.
If the interior of your home needs a freshen up – avoid dark colours which tend to make rooms look smaller and colder. Replace some of the soft furnishings such as cushions with brighter and warmer colours to give an instant lift to the interiors.
In winter there are usually fewer homes on the market than in the summer months – use this to your advantage by ensuring that your home is prepared and presented to all prospective buyers as warm, cosy and appealing.