Selling Up in Autumn

Added on November 13th 2020

As the nights get ever longer at this time of year, you might be wondering how to show off your property to its fullest and to get a quick sale at a good price.

There’s actually no reason to worry about autumn and winter, as they can be the best times of the year to put your property on the market. Many house-hunters are hoping to be in their new home by Christmas or New Year, for a start. In addition to this, you can offer viewers are particularly cosy welcome on cold, dark evenings.

Make sure your home is bright and inviting

Nothing is more comforting than a warm, bright interior when you step into it out of a cold damp night. Look at all your bulbs and swap out any that are on their last legs or that could be brighter. The idea is to fill the place with light that spills out of your doorway and windows into the dark night. Another good touch is fairy lights – seasonal or not, depending on how close to Christmas you are – in your front and back gardens.

Turn up the heat

If you’re holding viewings in the evening, set your central heating to come on at least 30 minutes before you get home so that it’s nice and toasty by the time your potential buyers arrive.  If you have a log burner or open fire, it’s a great idea to get it going too so that your viewers know they’ll be buying a warm new home.

Prepare the garden for winter

No-one will be expecting a riot of blooms at this time of year, but a tidy garden, free from dead leaves and flowerheads, kids’ garden toys and furniture is a good idea. Pare everything back so that even though you can’t show off your green fingers, you can show off the space you have and its potential. Don’t forget the fairy lights, especially in the darker corners of your outdoor space.

Add a seasonal smell to the air in your home

This certainly doesn’t mean sprouts! Burn some cinnamon candles, or bake some gingerbread just before viewers walk through the door so that they’re instantly transported to Christmastime in your property. Appealing to basic senses like smell can work wonders when it comes to persuading people that your property could become their new home.

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