Thinking of selling next year? Get your property boxed up before Christmas

December 15th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge
Thinking of selling next year? Get your property boxed up before Christmas

It might seem surprising but Boxing Day is one of the busiest days for on-line property searches, so if you are putting off marketing your home until the New Year you might want to consider contacting a good local estate agent such as Goodfellows before Christmas.

One of the most important aspects of any house selling is making sure it’s priced accurately, it’s best to use a local agent to do this so that they have experience in selling homes in your area.

Once you have agreed on a price you will then need to prepare your home for a sale, if you’ve ever visited a new home you will have an understanding of the type of presentation that appeals to a prospective buyer, unless of course they are looking at a fixer upper and you have reflected this in your asking price.

The first thing a potential buyer will see is the outside of your home – we refer to this as kerb appeal, so you need to make sure that your property looks good from the front, this includes paint work, putting away unsightly bins, weeding drives and paths and especially in winter make sure that you leave outside lights on for late afternoon viewings as it will make your home feel more welcoming.

A potential buyer will normally make up their minds about whether they want to buy a home within the first few minutes of a viewing, so once you have sorted out the kerb appeal of your property you will then need to make sure your entrance hall is inviting – declutter the space and make sure it looks the best it can.

Get rid of any odours, if you have pets make sure they are out of sight if possible during a house viewing. Finish off any DIY jobs, if you have any mildew, damp or so forth, get this sorted out before a viewing. Tidy up kitchen and bathrooms – so that these look well presented – these are the rooms buyers will be concerned about the most if they are not in good condition, as they are the most expensive areas to put right.

Stage your home for a viewing – make sure it’s warm, the lights are on – including bedside lamps, de-personalise your home, minimise the amount of personal things you have on show – including photographs. If you have a fire then light it, the smell of bread always makes a home feel more enticing.

If you are looking at selling your home why not book in for a free valuation by following this link or contact your nearest branch