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If you want to sell your house, we think that putting your house on the market before Christmas is a savvy move. The main property portals such as Zoopla and Rightmove tend to get their most hits over the festive season and in early January when families gather together and discuss plans for the coming year.

Will Clark, RICS and Director of Sellmyhome.co.uk has the following 10 tips for preparing your home for a sale this Winter:

  • If your viewings take place in the evening it’s important to get the lighting right. You want your home to appear warm and inviting without being too stark. I would always suggest using your dimmer switches if you have them to highlight key room features - lamplight also works well
  • If you have a fire, it’s worth ensuring that it’s turned on and is a central feature. A potential buyer will like to imagine themselves and their family gathering together around the fireplace in the colder months
  • De-cluttering the hallway and ensuring that bikes, coats and Wellington Boots are out of the way ensures that first impressions will be spot on
  • If you’re selling online and you’re conducting the viewings yourself we always suggest putting the kettle on and offering your potential purchaser a cup of tea or perhaps a mince pie during the festive season. It’s a great way to build a relationship with the buyer and will give them time to ask any questions they may have
  • Lightly scented candles also work well perhaps in the hallway, living room or kitchen especially for evening viewings
  • It’s important to clear the outside of your property of rubbish and leaves – if you can get your gardening gloves on and ensure your outside space is looking as tidy as possible
  • When conducting viewings you might want to consider putting surplus clutter into storage –LOVESPACE offer a pay by monthly affordable option for those who are looking for flexible storage
  • If any paintwork is looking like it needs a fresh coat, now is the time to give it your attention. Buyers are notoriously picky and it’s worth putting some time into getting it right
  • Ensure your heating is on without being too stifling
  • If you’re cooking or have cooked during the day make sure that the aromas aren’t too strong – coffee and baking smells usually go down well

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