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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.

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.

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