Tips for selling your Surrey home this winter
The housing market can begin to slow during the run up to Christmas as people prepare for the festive fun.
Anyone looking to make a big life-changing decision, be it with their relationship, looking for a new job or even moving home, may want to wait until the New Year and just concentrate on spending Christmas with their family and friends.
However, if you are looking to move home there’s no reason why you can’t get a head start in marketing your Surrey property before the New Year rush.
We’ve put together some tips to help you prepare your home and hopefully progress towards a successful moving day!
Keep it clean and clutter-free
As the weather gets worse outside, keep your home clean and tidy on the inside! Make sure there is a doormat present for visitors to wipe their shoes and remove any shoes from the front door mat, so potential buyers won’t trip over them.
Remember the exterior
Making sure the property looks well maintained and cared for from the outside is just as important. Check the windows and walls and wash them down to remove any dirt. Clear the paths of leaves and ensure there isn’t any ice on the paths that could cause potential buyers to slip over. Do remember that the first seconds upon arriving at the property are the most important in terms of impacting the buyer’s decision.
A warm welcome
Decorating your home may encourage potential buyers to stay longer – and having a roaring fire going can help to create that warm, friendly feeling. Buyers should be able to envisage themselves living in your home, so its vital you make it as inviting as possible for them. Smell is also important, consider putting out a diffuser, or freshly cut flowers, these will smell great and brighten your home.
With shorter days during the winter months, it is crucial to maintain a good level of lighting in your home, to make it inviting for visitors. It is especially essential during evening viewings to create a warm and cosy ambience. This includes outdoor lighting too! It’s important to check all bulbs are working prior to a viewing.
Before any viewing it’s important that you fix all the small maintenance jobs – such as fixing leaky taps and painting over cracks on the walls. Despite the fact you might not notice it, potential buyers will, and fresh internal décor and paintwork goes a long way.
A messy garden can distract buyers, as it can look like there’s lots of work to be done. The winter weather can also tire garden furniture, and make it look unsightly. Consider clearing patio furniture or make sure they’re covered. It’s worth spending some time, trimming bushes, mowing the lawn, removing fallen leaves and dead plants to make a tidy outdoor space.
By following our tips, you’re Surrey home will be prepared in time for those winter viewings!