It used to be that January would be a quiet time of year but nowadays, this is no longer the case. The emergence of online property portals has significantly changed the market, and it is now possible to sell your home in January. At Oaks Estate Agents, we are here to help you at any time of year and we have some tips and guidance for you to ensure you create a warm welcome when people view your home.
While these tips are relevant for January viewings, the nature of weather here means that they may also be relevant for February and March. Don’t forget that the country was dealing with most of the problems caused by the Beast from the East in March of last year, so winter may rumble on for a little while longer!
A well-insulated home is attractive to buyers
One of the most important ways to ensure your guests receive a warm welcome is to ensure your home is properly insulated. A well-insulated home retains energy and prevents cold air from getting inside the home. Most people are looking for homes to be energy efficient, so if you can provide this, buyers will be interested in your home.
A very obvious benefit of having a well-insulated home is the fact that it helps to reduce energy bills. This is of benefit to you before you sell your home but it is also a feature that a prospective buyer wants to see. Knowing that it is possible to save money on energy bills every month is a hugely positive factor and one that can make your home the ideal choice for some buyers.
You should also make sure that your central heating system is in good working order before you welcome guests to your home. If there are issues with your central heating, this will make your home cold and uncomfortable but it will lead many prospective buyers to think there are serious problems at home.
This is a big problem because the buyer will then be thinking about how much money it will cost them to repair the central heating. This will often lead many buyers to question whether the home is worth it. Therefore, you want to avoid them thinking like that, and this means you need to take care of any heating issues before guests arrive at your home.
Help people to feel comfortable in your home
Another tip that helps to provide a warm welcome to guests while helping you to maintain the condition of your property is to place a coat-stand, hooks or a storage space by your front door. It is likely that viewers will come dressed for poor or cold weather. By offering a place where people can store their outer layers, you allow them to relax and feel comfortable as they come into your home.
This should also minimise the amount of rain or dirt that is brought in from outside your home. With respect to this, you should also invest in a welcome mat, allowing people to thoroughly wipe their feet when they enter your home.
It would also be polite to offer a warm drink and some home baking to your guests. This is a regularly stated tip to create a homely atmosphere but when the weather is cold, these treats will be highly appreciated by your guests.
When it comes to selling your home in winter, it is possible, and we are here to help. Contact Oaks Estate Agents if you are looking to sell your home this year.