Most people think that Christmas is a bad time of year to sell their house and delay putting it on the market till after the festive period. However, it’s actually one of the busiest times of year for people searching property portals like Zoopla, with figures skyrocketing over the festive period and many agents even offer festive deals, like reduced fees or free gift hampers.
There are plenty of potential buyers out there and the magic of Christmas can actually aid the sale of your house. We’ve put together some festive tips to help you sell your home at this time of year:
Get feedback from friends and family
At this time of year, we usually spend much more time with family and friends, often having them round for celebrations in the run up to the big day! Take advantage of this opportunity and ask them to cast a critical eye over your home and provide some feedback on quick improvements that you could make.
It’s not an essential but if you like baking then now is the time to utilise those skills. Filling your home with the smell of fresh baked goods like mince pies, biscuits and other festive goodies will create a welcoming, homely feel.
Get your marigolds on
De-clutter, clean and make sure your house is prepared and looking its best for both the professional photographs and any viewings.
Fix those small jobs
Now is the time to finally do those small DIY jobs that you’ve been meaning to do all year.
Lighting is such an important factor when it comes to viewings. For daytime viewings, make sure all of the curtains are open to let in as much natural light as possible and try turning on the lights too, to make your room look bright and airy. For evening viewings, take advantage of your Christmas tree lights and light the room with candles and lamps to create a cosy feel, remember to keep actual lights on too, so it’s not too dark. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace you could light that too, which will add light and warmth to the room.
Making your house look like the perfect place to spend Christmas, can help potential buyers visualize themselves living there next year. When it comes to decorations think minimal rather than Santa’s grotto. A wreath on the door will make a good first impression, a real tree in the living room (giving off that pine scent) and some decorations dotted around will make the house feel like a home.
Compare moving costs
Moving home can be stressful enough, especially at this time of year when weekends are taken up by last minute Christmas shopping, without the need to scour your home-moving services, seeking the best price and customer care. So let your agent, together with MoveIT, help you compare and find the best service for the best price. Find out more about MoveIT here >
After that it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy what could be the last Christmas spent in your home.