Well the New Year is almost upon us, and it’s time to start planning for the months to come. January is often the time to make changes in your life, and more often than not this is the time when people make the decision to sell their homes.
It goes without saying this is also the darkest time of the year and you need to add a bit of summer to your preparations to make the house shine in the dark nights.
The winter can make houses look drab and grey, and this can make selling your property a bit more of a challenge.
So in order to help you sell your property quickly this winter, James Kristian have compiled a series of tips to give you some ideas on how to improve the winter mood of the property, and achieve a quicker sale.
January Is The Best Month To Declutter
When Christmas is over you have to deal with the outcome of discarded wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and general clutter that always accumulates over the holiday period.
If you are thinking about putting the house on the market in the New Year, then you need to get rid of that Xmas clutter sharpish.
And don’t stop at the wrapping paper and boxes, this also gives an ideal opportunity to go through the rest of the house and get rid of everything that would put off a potential sale when people come viewing the house.
In the darker nights when the space closes in, the last thing you want to present to a potential buyer is Christmas presents still lying around, and if this is compounded by shoes in the hall and a general unkempt house.
This will give a bad first impression and could kill the sale as soon as the buyer walks in the house.
So before any viewings make sure you de-clutter the house to give a good first impression.
Make The House Warm And Cosy
When you have viewings scheduled for your property, make sure it feels nice and warm when potential buyers walk in.
Turn up the heating before the viewing so the rooms are nice and warm, don’t make it a sauna, but you need to make the viewers feel cosy when they enter the property.
Block any draughts, and use brightly coloured throws and cushions to give the place a nice homely feel to the property.
This will go a long way in making sure buyers will leave with the impression that this is a place they would like to live in.
Add a bit of summer to the Walls
For a small investment in some paint and brushes ahead of any viewings, take the time to freshen up the place with some bright colours that will add a bit of summer to the place.
When the door opens from a gloomy January day, it will make a really good impression if the first thing that hits the buyers is a bright rooms that make them forget about the winter weather outside.
Bright airy rooms also make the house seem bigger, and space is always a premium when buyers are looking for a new place to live.
Make sure you get the painting done well ahead of any viewings, as you don’t want the smell of fresh paint overwhelming your visitors as they enter your property.
Give the garden a makeover
The depths of winter are not the best times to be getting in some gardening, but if you are looking for quick sale this winter, then make sure you take the time to clean up the fallen leaves from the garden.
Get the rake out and fill some bags and give the garden a quick winter makeover, a few hours spent tidying up the garden ahead of any viewings will make a real impression when it comes to making a sale.
If the garden is clean and tidy it will look bigger, and give off the impression of space, but also allows the buyers to visualise how they would like it, seeing themselves sitting outside in the summer months enjoying a barbecue.
A nice garden is a massive selling point, so make the effort to show it at its best, even though its winter.
First impressions count
January is a busy time for house moves, this is the time of year when people make changes in their lives, and finding a new place to live is often of those big decisions.
So when it comes to putting your house up for sale, make sure you take the time and effort to present it the best way possible.
Especially in the winter months, if you can make your house stand out against the gloom of winter, then you will be ahead of the competition when it comes to making the sale.
If you need any help or advice on the best way to present your property to achieve a quick sale then our friendly staff at James Kristian are here to give you help and advice on how to do this effectively.
Feel free to give us a call or pop into our estate agents in Waterloo, and we will be happy to have a chat with you.