Regardless of the time of year you decide to sell, there are some absolute must-dos:
- Thoroughly clean your property from top to bottom – inside and out
- Trim overgrown gardens; remove weeds and dead growth and refresh garden beds with mulch
- Address any off-putting maintenance issues, such as peeling paint, worn or marked carpets, cracked tiles, dirty grout and loose or rusted gutters (if you’re selling a knockdown or “renovator’s delight”, this step often isn’t necessary)
- Banish any pet smells
- Furnish the home in an attractive but not overly cluttered or personal way, to give potential buyers a perspective on room sizes and to present the home in its best light
- Pay for professional photographs and good marketing
- Choose an inspection time that will maximise daylight.
- For chilly spaces, ensure you pre-heat the property to a comfortable temperature. This is the time to take advantage of that lovely open fire if you have one!
- Consider baking to circulate a pleasant smell and to use the oven to warm up the place. This is the only time when baking is advised.
The only time when it’s a bad idea to sell in winter is if the garden is the only highlight of the property.