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Tips: How to secure a sale this winter…

December 1st 2016
By: Melanie
Tips: How to secure a sale this winter…

If you are looking to sell your home this winter you will want to make sure your home looks at its best. January is one of the busiest times of year for home transactions, as many people will be looking to move just after festive period to start a new life in a new year.

Between Christmas Day and the first working day of the new year Rightmove received 195% increase in traffic, that’s a huge surge or people viewing properties during the Christmas holidays.*

However don't put off marketing your property until January, as this really needs to be done in December - fewer houses go on the market at this time of year which will make your property stand out. Contact a good local estate agent such as Intercounty who will be able to give you the best advice on how to market your property.

The hardest thing to achieve in winter is making your house look inviting and attractive, however there are a few ways in which you can achieve this, here are some of our tips:

• Make sure the outside of your home looks clean and in good condition, keep on top of the falling leaves by clearing them up frequently. Jet wash patios and paths if they are dirty. Get rid of any dead plants, weed and dig over boarders and hide any ugly rubbish bins.

• Make sure your entrance hall is kept smart and decluttered. Buyers will often make their minds up in the first few minutes of a sale, so making sure this area looks at it’s best is very important in securing a sale.

• Give your home a bit of warmth by making sure that you have adequate lighting on in your home, including the front porch. If you have a wood burning stove or open fire then try and light it for viewings, this will make a home feel both warm and cosy. Make sure your home feels warm for viewings too.

• De-clutter your home and make sure you have finished any DIY projects. Get the carpets cleaned if needed and get rid of any pet odours.

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*Rightmove data, visits from December 2015 to January 2016.