No need for cool­ing off pe­riod

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IF you are con­sid­er­ing sell­ing your prop­erty now, the re­cent spate of cold and wet weather may have you think­ing about wait­ing un­til spring.

How­ever, with a few tweaks to your home’s pre­sen­ta­tion and mar­ket­ing, you can eas­ily meet the chal­lenges winter brings.

“Many sell­ers hold off com­ing to the mar­ket in winter be­cause they be­lieve that spring is al­ways bet­ter, when this is not al­ways the case,” Reiwa coun­cil­lor Hayden Groves said.

“Cer­tain prop­er­ties are well suited to of­fer­ing to the mar­ket in winter. For ex­am­ple, homes that have ex­cel­lent so­lar-pas­sive de­sign with lovely north­ern light flood­ing the living ar­eas can re­ally stand out from oth­ers on cool sunny days.”

If you are sell­ing your home this winter, Mr Groves of­fered the fol­low­ing tips.

Bad weather can of­ten keep po­ten­tial buy­ers away, so if it is go­ing to be stormy Mr Groves sug­gested con­sid­er­ing whether hold­ing a home open was a good idea and dis­cussing with your agent whether it could be moved to a dif­fer­ent day.

Light­ing is an­other im­por­tant fac­tor when pre­sent­ing your home in winter.

“Make sure your home is bright and cheer­ful and one way to do this is chang­ing globes in living ar­eas to bright white LEDS, with bed­room ar­eas ac­cented by warmly lit lamps,” Mr Groves said.

“Other lit­tle touches like hav­ing a firepit go­ing in the rear gar­den or pa­tio (make sure you keep it safely away from chil­dren) adds am­bi­ence.

“And if you have a gas or open fire, make sure it’s alight dur­ing home opens but don’t make your home too hot and stuffy.”

Other tips in­clude of­fer­ing um­brel­las for buy­ers who want to look around out­doors and mak­ing sure there are floor mats near door­ways to help keep the floors clean.

For con­ve­nience, you can also have an um­brella stand near the front door where buy­ers can place their um­brel­las when they ar­rive.

“Hav­ing a sim­mer­ing pot of hot choco­late on of­fer is a nice touch too,” Mr Groves said.

Pho­tos are im­por­tant when it comes to at­tract­ing buy­ers and you want to present your home in its best light, but this can be more dif­fi­cult when the weather is gloomy.

Mr Groves said where pos­si­ble, try to ar­range for pho­to­graphs to be taken dur­ing finer weather or per­haps at twi­light if your home has qual­ity light­ing.

When it comes to de­scrib­ing your prop­erty, you can also fo­cus on the winter-friendly as­pects of the home.

“Def­i­nitely tai­lor your prop­erty de­scrip­tors to make the most of any fea­tures that en­hance live­abil­ity in cooler weather, such as en­closed pa­tios, open fires, plush car­pets and cen­tral or floor heat­ing,” Mr Groves said.

Winter can high­light all those nig­gles about a prop­erty, things that you might have lived with for years, such as a draught or oc­ca­sional leak, but they need to be fixed when sell­ing.

“Make sure your prop­erty is weather proof, that the gut­ters and soak wells are clear and flow­ing prop­erly, the roof is in good con­di­tion and any ar­eas where wa­ter gathers on paths and paved ar­eas is sorted be­fore com­ing to mar­ket in winter,” Mr Groves said.

Gar­dens are an­other area that can suf­fer in winter, but Mr Groves said there were ways to make them look ap­peal­ing with­out hav­ing to wait un­til spring.

This in­cluded hav­ing colour­ful na­tives that flower in cooler months.

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