Top tips to make your home hot prop­erty in Win­ter

The Gazette Real Estate - - VIEW -

It has long been be­lieved that a sum­mer real es­tate sale reaps the most re­wards, but win­ter can be just as prof­itable for sell­ers.

Whilst the num­ber of homes for sale tends to de­crease dur­ing the colder months and there are fewer buy­ers about, peo­ple ei­ther buy­ing or sell­ing are in the mar­ket­place for se­ri­ous rea­sons, tend to be more de­ci­sive, and they’re po­ten­tially will­ing to pay more to get deals done when faced with fewer choices amongst homes for sale. De­spite there be­ing fewer homes for sell­ers to com­pete with, home­own­ers should still in­vest in mak­ing their home shine in win­ter.

First Na­tional Real Es­tate War­ragul prin­ci­pals Stu­art Brock and Car­men Christie of­fers a list of top tips to make your home hot prop­erty dur­ing this win­ter:

• Take away the chill of win­ter by ac­ces­soris­ing with an earthy colour pal­ette of au­tumn pinks, olive greens and burnt or­anges

• Rug up a room by cov­er­ing con­crete or tiled sur­faces and add soft tex­tures of wool knits and mo­hair

• Light up your home by pulling up the blinds and en­sure lights, in­clud­ing lamps in all rooms, are on

• Heat your home ahead of your open house so it is cosy and warm for po­ten­tial buy­ers

• The win­ter weather can play havoc on the façade of your home – wipe down win­dows as rain shows up grime, and clear path­ways of leaves

• En­sure drains and gut­ters are main­tained so that rain water washes away quickly

• Show off out­door spa­ces with gas heat­ing or a fire pit as well as comfy cush­ions scat­tered around en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas

• Add some colour to the gar­den with an­nu­als and plants in bloom to take away from the bleak­ness of win­ter

• Pop a wel­come mat out­side the front door – not only will it pro­tect any car­peted ar­eas, it will show prospec­tive buy­ers of your prop­erty you care about your home and its fu­ture oc­cu­pants.

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