We’ve put together a handy list to get you started so that your home’s ready to go when winter rolls around.
LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN
A well lit property will feel inviting and comfortable whereas a dark and shadowy home will quickly put buyers off.
Naturally the weather’s a little darker and colder in winter but that doesn’t mean your home should be. A well-lit property will feel inviting and comfortable whereas a dark and shadowy home will quickly put buyers off.
To make sure that doesn’t happen, ensure all windows are clean, blinds are pulled back and that nothing is obstructing sunlight from streaming in. On the inspection day turn on all lamps and overhead lights.
If necessary, trim overhanging trees and plants that are shading your windows and place extra lighting in rooms that lack natural light.
WARM IT UP
Not only should your home be brightly lit – it should also be cosy and warm. If it is, soon as buyers walk in the door they’ll feel more comfortable, and that’s exactly how you want them to feel when you’re trying to sell them your home!
Make sure your home is at a comfortable temperature during your open inspection.
If you have an open fire, put it to good use – a roaring fire is emotive, heats the space and adds atmosphere.
DON’T LET THE DAMP TAKE HOLD
As the weather gets colder and wetter your home will too. That means a costly heating bill, but more importantly it could cause visible mould – the sight of which could put up to half of would-be buyers off, according to a 2016 mozo survey.
Luckily, if you’ve got at least a few days until your open homes start, dampness is an easy fix. First inspect your home closely and clean all signs of mould with a fine tooth comb so there’s none visible when buyers come calling. Next run a dehumidifier in the centre of the home for a few days before inspections to make sure the air isn’t stuffy and humid on the big day.
If you’ve got more than a few days before the open home, it’s worth getting a tradesperson to inspect the home. If they find any evidence of damp they can apply the necessary sealants and replace fittings to ensure your home passes a building inspection.
KEEP UP THE EXTERIOR
When the rain starts coming down post-summer your home may take a battering, so it’s worth inspecting the exterior prior to selling. Inspect your roof for cracks, signs of rust or broken tiles by propping a ladder up and safely looking over the edge.
Next, look to the walls and windows of your home. Is there any visible mould, exterior cracks or broken window seals? Getting a tradesperson to fix anything you spot will ensure your property doesn’t put off any buyers.
The last thing you want is embarrassing pools of water forming in front of potential buyers.
Make sure you have all your drains and gutters cleaned so that if there is a sudden downpour, storm water will wash away quickly.
You should be conscious of moisture and dampness inside your home too which can be a red flag to a potential buyer.
A winter sale can be challenging, but if it’s the right time to sell you shouldn’t let a little cold weather stop you.