Spruce up your home for a seasonal sale
- 24th November 2017
- Selling Property News
Top tips to help you get your home buyer-ready this winter
Is moving home top of your winter wish list? With Christmas and a New year approaching many sellers are keen to get a sale at least agreed before the holidays begin, so they can relax knowing that viewings are over and they will be ready for a new start in 2018. And the recent budget announcement means that there is likely to be greater potential interest from first time buyers in the coming weeks especially.
The Chancellor announced that stamp duty would be abolished for first time buyer purchases of up to £300,000, and if they are in London they will not have to pay stamp duty on the first £300,000 of their purchase.
So, what can you do to make your home as appealing as possible to prospective buyers this winter? At this time of year sellers may have to work that bit harder to make properties seem light and airy, warm and weatherproof than they do in other, more forgiving, seasons. However, there are several simple tips you can do such as:
• Curate curb appeal – in winter, a tidy exterior is more essential than ever to create a good first impression. Pick up litter that’s blown in, neaten plant pots, cut grass and sweep up leaves.
• Banish the gloom – good lighting creates a light and airy impression even on a dark day. Putting lamps in dark corners lifts the gloom, while an outside light at the front door welcomes viewers.
• Create warmth – leaving the heating on for viewings is money well spent, while warm colour schemes on walls and soft furnishings can create a cosy feeling.
• De-clutter – whilst this is harder in winter, with additional but necessary wintertide items taking up space, it is nonetheless necessary.
Stephen Ludlow, Chairman at ludlowthompson, comments: “People often think they should wait for spring to put their homes on the market but there’s no reason why winter isn’t a good time to sell.”
“Buyers and sellers alike often want to get a sale agreed at Christmas and into the new year, with motivated first time buyers buoyed by the Budget announcement in relation to stamp duty concessions actively seeking to get in ahead of the new year activity and driven sellers looking to progress up the housing ladder with their property firmly under offer, some simple tips can, therefore, help show off your home to the best advantage at this time of year."
People often think they should wait for spring to put their homes on the market but there’s no reason why winter isn’t a good time to sell
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