The New Year is the motivation many people need to get moving. That’s why the busiest months for searching Rightmove are January to March, when a massive 26% more visitors use the site compared to October to December. The best time to get ready for all of this is right now!
Helen Whiteley, Commercial Director at OnTheMarket.com, said: “Naturally a new year means a fresh start for a lot of people so they will consider life-changing decisions, such as moving house. Most people are off work during the festive period and have the time to start looking for a new home. If you are considering putting your home on the market in December it’s important to invest some time in preparing your property for winter viewings.”
Here are some handy top tips to do just that -
Ensure your ‘For Sale’ sign is upright
It sounds simple but ensure your ‘For Sale’ sign is smart, upright and clean. Any boards that look like they have taken root in your garden, are falling down or covered in snow can be off-putting because it’s one of the first things potential buyers will notice outside the property. Ask your agent to replace your board if you feel it has faded during the winter weather!
Maximise your kerb appeal
Stand outside on the pavement or drive and really look hard – how will it look through the eyes of a buyer? Simple things such as removing the rubbish bins, cleaning the windows, neatly arranging curtains on the inside, and making sure the front garden and any paths leading to the property are weed-free etc. all show that the property is cared for.
Declutter all rooms
Attack the areas which accumulate possessions. Give the spare room a purpose – it shouldn’t just be the room where all the laundry is stacked up. Spend time, not money, on sorting through the excess belongings and clothes. Remember you can give unwanted items to charity shops or sell them on eBay or perhaps recycle – getting rid of clutter will show off your home at its best.
Spread the ‘Christmas cheer’
If you’re expecting visitors in the lead up to Christmas, naturally you will prepare your home to welcome them – it’s vital to do the same for potential buyers. Make your home feel as Christmassy as possible by turning on the heating, making the beds and putting the Christmas tree lights on. This will help make viewers feel warm and welcome – that way they are left feeling like they would enjoy spending Christmas in a house like this!
Presentation is key
The impact of a first impression cannot be over-stated. This includes simple tactics such as tidying up the front of the house on a regular basis and taking very good photographs, both of which will draw people in rather than serving as an immediate deterrent. This is particularly true in the winter months when the outside of the property is liable to need looking after.
Turn on the lights
Ahead of showing around any viewers, make sure your central heating has been switched on (and is working), light the fire if you have one and turn on plenty of lights so that your home doesn’t feel dark in the short days of December and January. You don’t want potential buyers to think it’s too dark just because you forgot to change a light bulb!
If you are still having second thoughts and not quite sure on tidying up for photographers and viewings over the Christmas period, why not think about doing this; get everything ready by December then hit the ground running right after the festivities are finished? Contact us at Hawkins Sales & Lettings at any of our office over Nuneaton, Coventry and Bedworth to discuss this further.
Source: Rightmove & Onthemarket