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Is selling a house in the winter a good idea?

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You may be wondering ‘is selling my house in the winter a good idea?’. It is not uncommon to think buyers opt to slow down their property search in the colder months, especially before Christmas, however according to Rightmove stats, there are actually more people carrying out property searches during this time. So, selling a house in the winter comes with some unexpected advantages.

David Woodcock, Sales Director at John German Estate Agents offers his advice, saying “If you’re canny enough to market your house during the winter, you will benefit from less competition because many sellers opt to put their homes on the market in the spring instead. This means there will be fewer houses on the market, driving up demand amongst buyers.”

Tips on selling a house in the winter

Use lighting to your advantage

On dark winter days, you may not have as much natural lighting as you would prefer. Therefore, in addition to cleaning your windows and pulling back curtains, turn on all of your lamps and lighting fixtures to banish dark corners from the home.

Keep the heating on

There’s nothing like stepping in from the cold into a warm, comfortable home. The warmth will help put buyers at ease, and will help erase any doubts about whether the heating system works. However, take care not to turn it up too high. You want a warm and cosy home, not a sauna!

Use winter staging tricks

Home staging in winter will need to be conducted with the ultimate goal of creating an atmosphere of comfort and warmth. A roaring fire can be a great asset in the winter, so you’ll want to use your fireplace during a viewing. Thick blankets can be used on couches and in the bedrooms to create a cosy feeling, making buyers want to snuggle up in your home.

We would be delighted to provide further advice on selling your house this Winter! SEE MORE…

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Date Posted

October 6, 2018

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Katy Storer

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