Selling a home during the winter months can be challenging. Shorter days and typical British weather don’t exactly encourage buyers. While you’re waiting for the first signs of Spring, there are still things you can do to help.
1. Make your living-spaces seem larger
By increasing the perception of height across your property, you can make it seem as if you have more space available. A key way to do this is to use high-legged tables and chairs as well as high-hung paintings and photos on important wall placings.
Lighting can make a significant difference, strategic placing of light can illuminate darker corners and expand the sense of space inside a room.
Keeping clutter to a minimum and careful placement of mirrors can also help create a sense of greater space.
2. Keep it cosy
When the ‘outside’ is less appealing, make the ‘inside’ as cosy as possible. Creating a warm and cosy atmosphere in your home will help lift the first impression of your property to potential buyers.
You can do this by adding some winter-coloured comfy throws, cushions, rugs and candles. Ensure your heating is working efficiently and effectively throughout your home.
3. Be a welcoming host
A warm welcome and a hot drink go a long way in building rapport with any potential buyer and creating a great initial impression. Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee after coming in from the cold?
4. Add a lick of paint
A fresh coat of paint can work wonders on improving the first impression of your home. No need to fully redecorate but with a little time and effort, you can turn a weakness of your property into a strength.
5. Neutral Colours
We all like to stamp our personality on our homes but any potential buyers may not quite have your style. We are trying to help buyers imagine themselves living in your property, for a good general appeal, go for neutral tones. Colours like greys, whites and light pastel colours.
6. Don’t neglect the garden
The spring flowers are still a way away but there are a number of things you can do to your garden. Make sure to jet-wash the patio, hide way any unused outdoor furniture and even add some lighting with lanterns and candles. It may be worth hiring a professional for some garden maintenance to make a significant difference.
7. Make an entrance
People are creatures of habit and first impressions matter. As they approach your home and first step inside, their opinion is already being formed.
If your front door is a little winter-worn, replace the letterbox, handle and knocker. Add a fresh coat of paint and instantly make your mark.
Keep your hallway clear of clutter, tidy away all the different footwear and make sure there is plenty of heat reaching throughout. Throw in the welcome hot tea or coffee and your perfect first impression is complete.
Selling a house in the wintertime is never easy but these tips will help you maximise your chances of a great sale. If you have any questions or would like some information on how Wainwrights can help sell your property, just get in touch.