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Selling your home in Winter?

A point often debated in the inner circles of the real estate market is whether you should prepare your home differently for selling depending on the season.

We all know what a difference aesthetic appeal and ambience can make to the demand for your home, so here are a few tips to prepare your home for sale during Winter.

At first glance

The most noticeable and immediate aesthetic influence for the prospective buyer is the home’s view from the road. What we call curb appeal. It is crucially important to take cognisance of what the potential buyers sees the moment he pulls up to your home? A well kept, neat, clean, raked and nurtured garden is an immediate advantage. For homeowners in the Western Cape this has been difficult in recent months with water restrictions, but if you were playing your part in saving water and reusing grey water your garden might still look great. Although fresh flowers and an aspect of colour vibrancy plays a role an attractiveness, by far the best and most cost worthy changes are tidiness. Rake up leaves, prune bushes with dead leaves and mow your lawn. This will help your property look more fresh.

Opening the front door

Walking into the home it is important that the buyers are able to envisage living there. During Winter the house might feel cold and unwelcoming. Blankets can be used on couches and in the bedroom to create a cosy vibe, making buyers feel at home in your property. If you have a fireplace, maybe light it up, this creates an ambience too. Also, it will heat up the home, which is great for setting a mood. If you are able to dim lights and create atmosphere, do that too, However, be careful not to make it too dark, the home’s best parts still need to be visible.

Fix it on up

If there are any repairs that need to be made, get them sorted before you show. You want to prepare the home for the sale and everything needs to be in working order. Often it is the small things that put buyers off homes, something that wouldn’t have cost you a lot, might cost you a lot more in the end.

Although you’re showing the home in Winter don’t forget that the buyer is looking at the home’s Summer capacity too. So if there is a pool, outdoor braai area, or entertainment patio keep it clean and tidy, showcasing its attractiveness.

Denis Quayle
Business Owner
Harcourts Maynard Burgoyne