We are now officially into Autumn and whilst the weather is cooling down, the property market is hotting up. Planning to put your house up for sale? Here are a few tips from local estate agent Mark Townend from Appleby & Townend Estate Agents.
Top tips for selling your home in Autumn....
With the property market currently at its busiest for a long while and buyers keen to make a move before Christmas, this autumn could be the ideal time to make your move. Here are some tips to consider when selling your home at this time of year;
With daylight hours decreasing natural light is at a premium when showing your home to potential buyers. Remember to roll up blinds and open curtains to let the natural light flood in. Daylight bulbs are also a good way to transform darker spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms, whilst a mirror can also introduce light in hallways for example.
Keep on top of fallen leaves in the garden and ensure footpaths are swept. Overflowing gutters will also be a turnoff to potential buyers so keep them unclogged.
Remove unsightly condensation by airing rooms. It's also a good idea to let air into a home before viewings to freshen it up; this is even more important in an empty property.
Obviously a good tip all year round but after a summer of popping in and out from the garden carpets can get grubby.
Autumn is a time for snuggling up, cuddles and keeping warm; reflecting this could send some seriously strong subliminal messages to buyers that your house could be their home. Deep reds, velvets, greens and browns on a few inexpensive cushions can transform a living space.
Arrange Early Viewings
This ties into the lighting already mentioned, but it's so important to show your home literally in its best light. Try to be as accommodating as you can during the week to allow midday viewings and consider being flexible at weekends.
Put The Heating On!
We've enjoyed a bit of an Indian Summer but when temperatures inevitably drop ensure that potential buyers can experience an even, comfortable warmth throughout the property.
Find Space for Coats and Boots
Keep narrow hallways as uncluttered as possible and if you're lucky enough to have a cloaks cupboard be sure to show it off!. A well placed Barbour jacket and hunter wellies will conjure up images of pleasant autumn walks.
Add Autumn Colours and Smells
A basket of logs next to the fire, maybe a display of mini pumpkins as a table centre piece? Have fun creating a welcoming ambience. Pumpkin spiced or vanilla candles can also do the trick (or treat!)