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Selling a home in the UK in winter can be difficult but ensuring the garden looks it best even in these darker months can help, according to estate agents. For the best chance to sell your home it is important to make sure the property stands out and taking steps to make sure it looks welcoming, says the guide from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA). ‘Winter can be cold, dark and wet, which often means properties are unable to promote some of their best features. By incorporating a few simple tips, sellers can enhance their property’s look and feel and increase their chance of attracting an offer,’ said NAEA president Simon Gerrard. ‘Quite often, it is the smallest changes to a property that can make it stand out over others. A warm, inviting atmosphere in the dreary winter months is key. Simple things such as making sure a home is warm and well lit can improve saleability during the darker months and additions such as welcoming garden lights to enhance the entrance to your home can appeal to buyers’ imaginations,’ he explained. The NAEA said sellers need to realise that first impressions still count and 0utside is where the biggest impact of the bad weather will be and this is obviously the first sight a prospective buyer will have. Winter can make the front garden and paths look dull and dirty, so ensuring these are clean and clear of leaves will improve the attractiveness of the property. Home owners are advised to check the gutters and drain covers are properly cleared of dead leaves and other debris as leaky gutters and down pipes cause damage and are unsightly. Also, a messy garden can signal the need for too much work and thus detract buyers. If possible, vendors should clear patio furniture away, if not at least ensure they are securely covered. Fix or secure any loose fence panels or gates. It is also advisable to cut back overhanging branches as this will help brighten the property. People are urged to ensure the property is well lit. This means making sure all lights work, including the security lights. If a viewing takes place during the day, open all of the curtains and blinds to ensure as much natural light as possible can enter the home. Making sure the doorways, entrance, stairs or porch are clear of clutter can help create an inviting home. The NAEA also says it is important to make your house feel warm and homely. If a buyer enters a property that is cold they’re unlikely to stay long. Smell is also important. You are going to get a bad reaction from buyers if there is an odd aroma or damp smell hanging around. So freshen up, let some fresh air circulate and the old cliché of fresh bread or roasting coffee really does work. If you are going away for any period over the winter the heating should… Continue reading →
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