The winter is well and truly upon us as the weather turns damp and cold and the days remain gloomy. How might you best present your home for sale during these dark days? The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has some suggestions:
Make first impressions count – the exterior of your property will be the first thing a prospective buyer will see. In winter, front gardens and pathways can easily look dull and uninspiring. Make sure all paths are swept clean and clear of leaves and other debris.
Shine brightly – do make sure all lights are working, especially any external security lights. If a viewing is during daylight, open all curtains to allow as much natural daylight into the property as possible.
Have a ‘homely’ home – your prospective purchaser is looking for a home, so make yours feel like one! It needs to be warm and inviting. Also ensure there are no strange or damp smells which might put people off.
Clear blockages – check your down pipes and guttering are clear of leaves or other blockages which may lead to leaks.
Everything in the garden is lovely – the prospective purchaser may not spend too much time in the garden if it is chilly, but it should appear neat and tidy. Fix any loose or missing fence panels, for example, and cut back overhanging branches.