Winter can be a difficult time to sell a property, but with the right staging, you can turn the season to your advantage. Here are our tips for success when selling your home in winter.
Start from theoutside.
We don’t get a lot of snow in Northern Ireland, but when it comes it can be a hazard, as can the ice that appears more frequently. Make sure you keep your driveway and any paths around the outside of your house clear of snow and ice so potential buyers don’t fall when they come to view your house.
It’s also a good idea to get out and make sure any hedges or outdoor plants are presentable. It’s easy to neglect the garden when it’s cold outside, but taking care of this area will make your house look much more appealing to house hunters.
Don’t forget the windows.
Even in the warmer months, many people forget to take care of their windows, but during the winter it’s especially important to keep them clean both inside and outside. During the winter, windows can accumulate a layer of grime that blocks some of the natural light you’ll want to get in to brighten up your interiors.
Keep your house bright.
Switch the lights on when you have people in to view your house, even during the day. It’s dark enough in winter, so keeping your house well-lit will make it feel more inviting to prospective buyers. Make sure you replace any light bulbs that need changing and add a few lamps to darker spaces.
If you can make the most of what natural light is available by scheduling viewings during the late morning and afternoon, this is worth doing. Keep the curtains open to allow as much natural light in as possible.
Make it warm and comfortable.
If you have a fireplace in the house, light it before viewers arrive. This will help make the house appealing by warming it up and giving it a nice ambience. Turn the heating on as well to keep the whole house a comfortable temperature so people stay long enough to appreciate the property.
Arranging sofas and beds with heavy winter blankets, duvets and cushions will also make the house look like a comfortable place to spend cold winter days. Choosing warm colours will help set the mood as well.
With so much to do when selling a house, you need an estate agent who will make the process as easy as possible for you. So, if you’re looking planning on selling, take a look at our website or visit us in one of our branches in Templepatrick or on the Lisburn Road in Belfast and find out how we can help you make your next move.