Selling your house this winter?
We all know the old adage that spring is the best time to put your property on the market, but in the real world that’s not always possible.
Here are seven simple tricks to get your property looking its best when the weather’s at its worst.
1. Wash down the outside of your home
Make the outside of your home gleam like this house.
Kick mould, grime and moss to the kerb and give it an easy and cheap facelift.
2. Let there be light!
Turn on any outdoor lights to brighten up your property and make the house look inviting from the driveway.
If the outside is still looking a bit dull, then adding some extra solar-powered lights to line pathways and brighten up other features can be a quick fix.
3. Cut back any trees, bushes and shrubs that are stealing light from your home
There’s no shortage of light in this Wellington home – but check if any trees or shrubs are blocking light from any rooms in your house.
During winter you really need to try to get as much natural light into your house as possible. If there are any dark rooms or spaces, it might only take a few minutes with the secateurs to allow more light to flood in.
4. Show off outside spaces
Demonstrate how the outdoors – whether it’s the garden, deck, courtyard or porch – can be used in summer and during colder months.
This might mean uncovering outside furniture and showing off features like built-in barbecues, pizza ovens, pools and ponds for open homes and viewings.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not using these spaces yourself at the moment – it just allows buyers to get a better picture of the property and start to imagine living there.
5. Make sure your home is warm
A warm house projects a cosy, homely feel for prospective buyers as soon as they step in the front door.
Get the fireplace or wood-burner roaring or crank up the heaters before buyers are due for a viewing. Now is not the time to try to save on power bills – no one wants to look around a freezing cold house, let alone live in one.
6. Clear ALL paths of fallen leaves or snow
Don’t just clear the main path and driveway. If your property has pathways leading around the garden then you should be showing them off. A quick sweep of these, along with the deck and any steps, is paramount.
7. Spruce up neglected flowerbeds and pots
Take some inspiration from this home and plant up the outside of your property with shrubs that will last through winter.
Add a few winter-flowering or evergreen plants to forgotten flowerbeds and plant pots. Even if you’re not the most green-fingered of homeowners – you only really need to keep them alive until you make that sale…
Have you got any other tips to help your house sell in winter? Share them with us in the comments below or on our Facebook pages in New Zealand and Australia.