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Selling Tips for Autumn

Tuesday, 10th November 2009

Categories: Sales Selling Tips

Author: Peter Barry

As Firework Night has come and gone and the temperature seems to have dropped a few degrees it’s a good time to bring you a few selling tips if you’re marketing your property this autumn.

  • Now that the clocks have gone back all of your evening viewers will be arriving in the dark. Make your house feel welcoming by leaving a porch light on and perhaps a table lamp in the front window.
  • The front of your property can get grubby very quickly at this time of year, windows will need to be cleaned more regularly and the front path swept. If the paintwork needs touching up try and get it done before the winter kicks in.
  • As the temperature falls it is essential that your property is nice and warm when your viewers arrive. Time the heating to come on at least an hour in advance. Buyers will not be focused on your property if they are shivering.
  • Why not take some time to make your lounge feel like a refuge from the cold autumn evening. Use rugs, throws, or cushions to add warm colours to a neutral room; oranges and reds work well. If you have a real fire have it blazing and light a couple of candles. 
  • Don’t ignore the back garden; although a thick coating of leaves may look attractive when they have just fallen they quickly turn to mush. Always show prospective buyers the garden last so they don’t drag the mud upstairs. Position nice big mats inside the front and back doors.
  • Gutters and down pipes can get blocked up with leaves at this time of year. You don’t want them dripping while you viewers are waiting at the door. Overflowing gutters are also one of the main causes of dampness so you will want to sort them out before the survey gets done.
  • Entrance halls tend to get cluttered up when the weather gets colder with extra coats, wellies, hats and scarves making the entrance hall feel smaller. Think about that vital first impression and move these items into a cupboard before viewings.

Why not put these into practice now and make the most of the next few weeks viewings before we head into the quiet Christmas period.