Warmth a sales key
Charlie Albone and Juliet Love provide tips on how to present your home in the cold months to get a hot price.
DESPITE spring being considered a prime time to sell property, it also is the time of year when almost every other vendor has the same idea. Winter can give sellers the opportunity to list their properties in a less competitive market and cash in on keen buyers who want to purchase before winter kicks in.
To maximise your property’s appeal in winter requires some seasonal homework. Selling Houses Australia co-host Charlie Albone, who runs Inspired Exteriors, says making your home garden look appealing is easy.
‘‘You can play with flowers and colours to get people out there experiencing the space and imagining themselves using it,’’ he says.
‘‘It is possible to get the same dramatic impact from plants even in autumn and winter.
‘‘Deciduous trees that lose their leaves really put on their big show as the temperature drops. The range of colours vary from deep reds to vibrant yellows.’’
He also suggests cleaning the front path with a pressure washer to help lift the street appeal and also ‘‘leads the eye’’ to the front door.
‘‘If you have the time to repaint the door, it’s well worth the effort as the old adage first impressions last rings so true,’’ he says.
‘‘For the cooler months, dress the entertaining space with items such as fire pits and outdoor heaters as this shows off the fact the garden can be used all year round.’’
Love Style stylist and interior designer Juliet Love says you have to work a little harder in winter.
‘‘Maximise light through artificial sources such as downlights, hanging pendants and lamps. Avoid harsh lighting with a blue tint as it will make your home feel cold - instead opt for bulbs that have a warm glow,’’ she says.
‘‘Autumn is the perfect opportunity to create an alluring home. Decorating with heavier, textured fabrics, warm throw rugs and adding a couple of autumn and winter accent colours, such as chocolate, pistachio or burnt orange, can enhance a home.
‘‘Think about the things that will add warmth to your home. If your floors are bare, invest in or hire a plush rug for instant warmth.
‘‘If your home has a natural or gas fire, put it on for open inspections so potential buyers can imagine themselves cosying up in your living room.
Rachel Dejanovic, who is selling her Stirling home, says attention to detail is critical.
‘‘I always put fresh flowers inside and the house has to be the right temperature, especially when it’s cold outside,’’ she says.
‘‘It is important people feel comfortable when they come in. It’s important not to overdo it but rather to keep it warm and inviting.’’
Rachel Dejanovic is selling her Stirling home and says attention to detail is very critical.