The festive season is almost upon us, and traditionally it’s a quieter time of year in the Estate Agency industry, as attention turns away from moving home by Christmas, to spending time in our homes over Christmas and the New Year.
However, just because everyone’s focus is diverted during December, this doesn’t always mean that plans to move need to be completely put on the back burner.
Here at Saint Property Services, Beeston, we think that this time of year can be a great time to start making preparations to place your home on the market in the New Year.
Did you know that property portal Rightmove reported a huge surge in website visits over the festive period last year, demonstrating that even with the pull of Christmas movies and the Boxing Day sales to tempt the population, shopping for a new property online is a popular pursuit over the festive season, even if not as many viewings are actually taking place.
So, if you would like to get ahead of the market in anticipation of selling or renting out your home in the New Year, we would recommend a valuation during December whilst it’s quiet, giving us time to assess your property fully, with a view to letting you enjoy Christmas, before starting viewings in Jan 2019.
With this in mind, here are a few things to consider before placing your home on the market:
Choose your Estate Agent wisely:
One of the most important tips we can give you is to choose your Estate Agent wisely! It’s crucial that you have the right people, who you can trust, in your corner, marketing and selling your property. Estate Agents commission fees vary, but your choice shouldn’t always be based on price. Sometimes the agents offering the best deals won’t always be the ones who offer you a great level of service, or will help you out if things go wrong.
Ask friends and family for recommendations and look at client reviews. It’s also important to ensure that you check contract terms and conditions as you could easily find yourself locked into a contract which means it’s hard to move away from one agent to another if things don’t go to plan.
Set up three valuations and base your decision on how the appointment process for a valuation is carried out, initial conversations and what kind of impression you get from the agent. It’s important to trust your instincts on this, and appoint the agent who you feel is most suited to you and your property’s needs.
To fall in love with your property, prospective owners or tenants need to first be able to imagine themselves living in the space, and one of the easiest ways to do this is with a minimalistic approach to clutter.
Using the Christmas and New Year period to perhaps declutter a little and get rid of items you no longer need or want can be a great help. Alternatively, pack belongings away for safe-keeping, or find a cupboard to put them where they won’t be out on display and collecting dust, so that come January, your home is decluttered and ready for viewings.
Neutralise your home:
Similar to decluttering, everyone has items that they like to collect. Whether it’s perhaps Star Wars figures, Lego Toys, Beanie Babies, Fine China, aeroplanes, cook books, watches… the list is endless!. To err on the side of caution, it can be helpful to aim to depersonalise your home a little for sale, and pack some of those collections away, as not everyone will appreciate your collectible items being out on display and this could hinder your property being sold or let.
Similarly people’s ideas of suitable colour in the home varies widely, so if your home does boast some wonderfully bright colours, and you are finding this is a hindrance, then you may want to consider repainting to a more neutral colour.
First Impressions Count:
It’s all about “curb appeal” in the property industry. From the first glimpse, your property has to look tempting to a prospective buyer or tenant, both in photos and in the flesh, and so this may require a little effort on your part.
A great, well-kept exterior can help to entice someone inside your property to discover more, so spending time clearing up the outside of your home can be very useful. Clearing the leaves, brushing away cobwebs and cleaning windows so that they are spick and span can have a huge effect on how much someone likes your property. You could also even stretch to having some of the exteriors painted, or if that’s too much, even a few artificial bushes or decorative trees outside could help to show that you’ve made an effort to help the house to look good.
Set up rooms for their purpose:
Have you ever looked around a house where a corridor has been called “the Study” or a garage renamed as “the Playroom” or “Reception room two”. Over exaggerating on the space your property offers can be off putting for buyers, as can confusing people about the purpose of a room, so where possible, set up rooms for the purpose they are most likely to be used for, so that your prospective buyer or tenant finds it easier to envision how they could use the space.
Let the viewings commence!
Once your property goes to market, then the finishing touches can make all the difference, especially if you are planning on having an open day with lots of prospective viewings. Having some lovely cut flowers on the table or in the hall, a scented candle or diffuser on the go, and perhaps some freshly brewed coffee, or fresh bread in the oven can help to sway those viewing your property towards thinking that this could be the new home for them.
So there are a few tips for you. If you are considering selling or renting out your property in January then please do feel free to get in touch with us this month for an initial chat or valuation. It’s not too early! Pop into the office or give us a call on 0115 8800210
We hope that you have a fantastic Christmas and thanks to all of our customers for supporting us in 2018. We look forward to serving the Nottingham community in 2019.