The new year often signals a chance to start something new. And now is a great time to market your property and find the perfect buyer for your home – while finding the perfect home for you!
Millions of people access property websites and apps during the new year as they start to dream of making changes to their life.
Previously, it was common practice to see house hunters waiting until the warmer months to buy or sell a property. However, thanks to the internet, house hunters are trawling through properties 24/7; so if you list your home now, you can be guaranteed that it will be shared with a captive audience.
In fact, the darker and colder evenings could work to your advantage when selling your home, as you can use lighting to make the house seem homely and stylish. Incorporating different light sources, such as table or standing lamps and overhead lights, can improve the mood of the room.
When the weather is cold outside, putting the heating on an hour before the viewing, and making your potential buyers a nice cup of tea will make them feel cosy and happy, and perhaps more inclined to put in an offer.
If you’re looking to buy, then viewing a house in the winter can help you to try out things you wouldn’t be able to in the summer. For example, it may be cold outside but if the house you’re in is nice and warm, it shows reliable insulation and no signs of drafts.
Plan, plan and plan!
During anytime of the year, planning your house move from start to finish is crucial; no more so than the hectic month of January. However, kickstarting your property move in the new year doesn’t have to be difficult – you just need planning!
Set yourself a plan of what you need to do to achieve your big move, and a date you would like to realistically be moved in by. It’s worth remembering that people are busy during January so flexibility, as always, is crucial for speeding up your sale.
Within your plan, it’s also worth outlining your budget, who you need to notify of your change of address, and how you are going to move your belongings from one home to another.
Ensure all remnants of Christmas – from decorations, the tree and unused gifts – are all packed away.
It’s important that the home is as free from clutter as it can be. Having too much clutter around the house may impact the viewer’s vision, harming your chances of selling. And like-wise when you come to view a property – pay particular attention to available storage spaces, so you can be confident that all your belongings will be able to find a home.
Those small house repairs that you said you, “will do sometime after Christmas” can also help to sell your home quicker too. If you were to change the broken lightbulb in the bathroom, touch up any cracks in the wall, repair the leaking pipe, or unclog the drain, then you could find that interest in your home takes a big rise.
Now is the perfect time to give you garden a spring clean too. Pick out any overgrown or dead shrubs and weeds, cut the grass and brush away any dead leaves on the ground. One good idea is to show viewers pictures of the garden in the summer, with the family gathering on the patio, soaking up the sun and enjoying a barbecue!
Once you feel like you are ready to get your house on the market, it’s important that you choose an agent who is the perfect partner for you – who you can rely upon and understand your needs and flexibility. Which is where we come in!
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