Top tips to help you sell your home in winter

02 December 2014

A guide to help you prepare your house for sale in the winter months.

If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market right now, you may be worried about how easily it’s going to sell, as it may not look its best in the winter. 

That said, there are plenty of steps you can take to pep up your property and make it sparkle, even during these colder, darker months. 

A few carefully thought out changes and a spot of seasonal DIY could help shift your home – and to do so at the best possible price.

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Tidy up the garden

In the winter, kerb appeal is even more important than it is in summer, so force yourself to drag the mower back out of the shed and over your lawn one more time to get it looking neat and tidy. 

While you’re out in the garden, give the edges a quick trim, and cut back any dead plants and flowers. Also sweep leaves and other debris off your driveway.

If you’ve got a garage, try and store all items on shelves to give an impression of space rather than clutter.

Clean your home's windows and doors

As the exterior of your property is a lot more exposed in the winter, windows and doors can soon get grimy, so spend a bit of time washing these, paying particular attention to knockers, numbers and handles – as well as the frames and glass itself. Also make sure your outdoor light is working.

Ensure your home is warm and brightly-lit

Make your house seem as inviting as possible by turning the heating on so the place is at a comfortable temperature, and ensure the house is well lit with bright, modern lights – and especially in dark corners. 

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Make sure you declutter your home

Pack away any furnishings or items of furniture you don’t need, as well as personal bits and pieces such as photographs and ornaments. If you can’t store items at home, put them into storage. Take anything unwanted to a car boot sale or charity shop.

Make your home immaculate

Ensure the place is clean throughout – and especially in areas such as the bathroom and kitchen where there must be absolutely no signs of dirt. 

If you’ve got carpets, consider hiring a carpet-cleaning machine to give them a deep clean. If in doubt, get the place cleaned by a professional.

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Give your rooms a lick of paint

Sprucing up your walls with a fresh, neutral shade throughout, can be a simple and effective way of smartening up a tired property. Also look into replacing tired old curtains with lighter ones, or clean, new blinds, as this can work wonders. 

Add fresh flowers to your home – or even a tree

Fresh flowers can always add a bit of cheer to a property, while a Christmas tree could work a treat at this time of year – as long as it doesn’t make your home appear cluttered.

Be prepared when an estate agent arranges a viewing of your home

If your estate agent calls to say that a viewing has been scheduled, tidy up as best you can so you can show off your home to its true potential. 

The key is to make your home as welcoming as possible at all times – right up to the point of exchanging contracts. 

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The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.