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Thu 30 November 2017
As the weather turns colder and the days grow shorter, it's important to remember certain key factors that will enhance your potential buyers' first impressions.
Below are our top tips for selling your home this winter:
Sweeping away fallen leaves and regularly clearing walkways will ensure a warm welcome to your home. Having a well-maintained garden with tidy hedges, winter shrubs, pretty pot plants and cut lawns set the standard for what can be expected inside the property.
Outside areas take a battering during this time of year so it’s worth repairing any damaged fencing, pathways, outbuildings, external walls and all those areas you have ‘been meaning to get to’.
Decking, pathways and patios can get very slippery and dangerous to walk on if not cleaned. We recommend clearing these areas at the end of autumn/early winter using a pressure washer.
Especially at this time of year, chimneys are worth checking and sweeping. This will also tell your viewers that you take good care of your property throughout the year.
Switch the heating on and consider lighting the wood burner to create a cosy atmosphere. If your property becomes vacant for long periods of time we recommend having the heating on low to help prevent condensation and damp build ups.
Ensure all bulbs and light fixtures are working correctly, while also considering where lighting could be improved in dark spaces.
Nobody likes to be hit with sudden unpleasant odours and a good way to tackle this is by adding diffusers, brewing a pot of coffee, buying fresh flowers and ensuring all rooms are regularly aired.
Tidy away leftover items from the summer and de-clutter shelves and rooms used for storage.
By Luke Williams, Branch Valuer and Manager of Stags Bideford