Preparing Your Home For the Winter
Whether selling or letting this Winter, try our top tips to make your home glow.
With the arrival of a new season including dark nights and often gloomy weather, it is important to identify some key, yet simple changes to ensure your home is looking at its best if you are considering selling/letting this Winter.
Evergreen and clean
Keep the entrance to your property clear of leaves, and snow and ice free. Ensure you have some evergreen shrubs or perennials in the garden or alternatively (and for a quick fix) just plant some pots or window boxes to add a splash of colour to an otherwise bleak winter garden or balcony. The addition of a winter wreath to your front door will also welcome buyers/tenants and make your home look more attractive.
A warm buyer is a happy buyer
Make sure the heating is on for viewings, optimum suggested temperature is 21 degrees. If you have an open fire, light it for viewings-open fires are a great asset to a property. Ensure you have a coat stand or free coat pegs so a buyer/tenant can remove their coats when they come out of the cold and enter your warm and welcoming home.
Lighting and decoration is not just for Christmas
If any of your rooms need a fresh coat of paint, consider warmer tones. In the lead up to Christmas decorate your home with tasteful decorations and lighting to twinkle and sparkle and show your home in its best light. When possible light candles for evening appointments and why not make some mulled wine and infuse the house with the smell of Christmas.
A team from Hamptons International has taken home a prize at the annual Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) Ski Challenge event in Courmayeur, Italy (31 January – 2 February). The event is now in its 27th year and the win for Hamptons represents the agency’s third consecutive year of bringing home silverware.
Luke Walsby, Associate at Hamptons Chiswick; James Calder, Associate in Hamptons Residential Development and Investment (RDI) team and Bianca van den Berg, Associate at Hamptons Islington took home the Mixed Gender Cup after being crowned the fastest mixed gender team to complete the slalom event in a time of 01:57:92.
Member of the winning team, James Calder, commented: “The LSH Ski Challenge is a must-attend event for skiers and boarders working in the property industry. Every year it offers excellent networking opportunities but competition on the slopes is fierce. We were delighted to take home the Mixed Gender Cup this year, marking a third consecutive year for a Hamptons team to take home some silverware from the event.”
Whichever way you look at it, it is always a good idea to place your property on the market first to give you the best chance of making an offer when the right property comes up. Remember – you are always in control. If you are thinking of selling your home and would like a market appraisal or advice about the property market in your area, please contact your local Hamptons International branch.