Make your home into a cosy winter retreat if you want to sell before Christmas, says property guru Raj Klair from Whitegates.
He said: “It is a common misconception that it’s difficult to sell your home in winter. On the contrary, people typically avoid selling at this time of year, so you actually benefit from less competition. Transform your home into a cosy winter retreat to ensure your property is appealing to a winter buyer.
“Firstly, your home must be warm. Ensuring the heating is on and the fire (if you have one) is lit, will instantly welcome your buyers inside. Make sure your central heating is working properly well in advance of a viewing. Buyers will be pleased to know that everything is in working order and they will be required to do little improvements should they decide to buy.
“Show off your home in the best possible light to make your rooms feel large. Turning on lamps is a great way of creating a snug, homely atmosphere. This is particularly important in the lounge and bedrooms where buyers imagine themselves snuggling up and relaxing. Invest in garden lights to highlight your outside space. It is also worth installing a sensory light at the front of your property so your house is illuminated as your buyers approach.
“Using soft furnishings will give your home a luxurious interior that is pleasing on the eye. It is much easier to toss a throw over your sofa, change your duvet cover and add a woolly rug than to re-decorate your home. Opt for burnt orange, burgundy or dark green to add a touch of warmth to your rooms. This injection of colour will lift rooms that appear lacklustre in winter.
Once your house is complete, pay some attention to your outdoor space. It is the first thing buyers see.”