Warners Top Tips to Help You Get The Best Price for Your Home This Winter
The property market across Edinburgh and the Lothians has been incredibly busy over the last 18 months. With people spending more time at home during lockdown, it appeared to serve as the impetus for many to decide to move to pastures new, and homes with and outdoor space attracted especially high demand. Even in a strong seller’s market, it’s still important to get the marketing of your home right to help ensure that you get the best result from your sale.
Here are our top five tips to help you get the best possible price when selling your home.
The Great Outdoors
One of the most consistent themes that we’ve seen over the last couple of years is that homebuyers have started to place a far greater emphasis on the value of their new property having a garden or other outdoor space and they are often willing to sacrifice proximity to the city centre to secure this. If the home that you’re selling benefits from a garden, whether private or communal, make sure that it is looking its best in advance of the photographer coming out to see your home. Winter flowers like pansies, violas, daffodils and hellebores can add a splash of colour and help catch buyers’ eyes.
If there isn’t an outdoor space that comes with your property, make sure that your agent highlights any nearby parks or green spaces during the marketing of your property.
Offer Viewers a Warm Welcome
It may be a cliché but first impressions really do count when it comes to selling your home. During the winter months, one easy way to help make a great first impression is to ensure that you have the heating turned on well in advance of any scheduled viewings so that when viewers come out of the cold into your home, they are greeted by a welcoming blast of warm air. Don’t forget about any spare rooms that you have. Make sure these are warm and well lit before viewers come calling.
Make Yourself Available for Viewers
Most buyers will want to view your property during daylight hours. That’s also when your home is likely to look its best when there’s lots of natural light coming in and buyers can appreciate any views that your property offers. The daylight hours are shorter during the winter so you will want to ensure that you still make it easy for buyers to come along to see your property during these times. If you work from 9 till 5, Monday to Friday, try to keep your weekends free so that viewers can come along then. If that’s not possible, consider asking a friend or relative to help cover viewings. That failing, most estate agents will offer a professional viewings service to help cover viewings when you are not around.
Avoid Unnecessary Slip-ups!
Another way to avoid making a poor first impression is to make sure that you keep the pavement and any path outside your property is kept clear of snow and ice. You don’t want potential buyers to have to negotiate treacherous footing or worse, take a tumble, as they get near your home. Keeping these areas clear of hazards will help viewers to access your property without any difficulties.
Don’t forget to declutter
Over the festive period it’s easy to accumulate more ‘clutter’ than usual. As a general rule, you will want buyers to see your home looking as open and spacious as possible, so make sure to tidy away any toys or other belongings well in advance of viewings.
Thinking of Selling?
If you’re thinking of selling a property this winter, get in touch with Warners today on 0131 662 4747 or by emailing email@example.com and one of our friendly experts will be delighted to help you.