While January is a month that often inspires optimism and hope, with people making big changes in their life, it can also be a miserable month. The weather is cold and damp and a lot of people are still feeling the excesses of the festive period. You can see why so many people consider January to be a slow month.
Traditionally, January is a slow month in the UK property market. It used to be that we had to wait until spring was blooming for the property market to shift into life, but this is no longer the case. Online property portals have significantly changed the way people engage and interact with the market, and there is now a year-round demand and activity with respect to homes in the UK.
Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that some vendors are trying to sell their home this January and if you are a Petersfield vendor welcoming prospective buyers to your home, we have some tips for you. We are pleased to say we have helped many local vendors sell homes, and we know what buyers are looking for.
At this time of year, you must give guests a warm welcome.
Ensure your insulation is in great condition
During the summer, your home can hide a number of faults and sins. When the weather is pleasant, problems don’t seem as bad or as noticeable. However, in winter, you’ll find that some issues are much more noticeable. If you have any cracks or gaps in your window frames, you’ll find that rooms are often miserable and cold in winter.
It is important that you review the condition of your windows and doors to ensure that they are in good condition. A well-insulated home is often a comfortable and cosy home and it is a more energy efficient home. There is also the fact that an energy efficient home reduces the size of energy bills, and this is something that every prospective buyer is looking for.
Also, don’t forget the benefits of cavity or loft insulation if you want to create the best impression on buyers coming to your home.
Make sure your heating works
On a similar note, before you invite guests around to your home, make sure your central heating is working. If a prospective buyer arrives at your home only to find that the boiler isn’t working or there are problems with the radiator, they will have grave concerns over the property. This is because these issues can be costly to fix, and the buyer will automatically be deducting money from any offer they were looking to make.
Make people feel at home
In winter, it is common for people to wrap up warm when they leave their own home. To help guests feel comfortable in your home, install a space beside the front door where coats, hats, scarves, gloves and umbrellas can be stored safely.
This makes the buyer feel at home and it prevents the rain from being dragged in through your house, helping to keep your home looking great.
At Williams of Petersfield, we always aim to give you a warm welcome. If you’re looking to sell your home in Petersfield this winter, or this year, contact us and we will be more than happy to help.