Our Top Ten Tips
We have done a little market research into the best way to prepare your house for buyers over the festive period. Whether you are having constant viewings or the odd one or two, it is good to think about the best way to present your house and plan your diary around Christmas viewings.
1 Don’t think people are just time wasting by viewing in the four working days between Christmas and New Year – last year we agreed two sales from viewings that took place in that period. Some people are relocating to be closer to family and it is the only time they are in the area. Just go out for a festive drink or a family walk whilst the viewing takes place.
2 They may look fantastic but perhaps limit the Christmas lights, they do say less is more! Some people struggle to imagine the house without Rudolph on the lawn and Santa hanging off the living room ceiling.
3 Christmas scents are lovely, dig out the candles and the cinnamon pine cones. (Perhaps use them to hide the smell of the burnt ham you tried to make in advance of the family arrival!)
4 Christmas Trees. A controversial debate over real or fake! If it is real, make sure you have hoovered up the needles before a viewing and try not to pick a tree that is too big for the room. Mr Smith wants to see where his dresser would fit, not how you can grow a forest in the corner of the dining room.
5 Light a fire (if you have one) this always makes a house feel cosy. Try and take 5 minutes the morning before a viewing to light the fire as there is nothing better than walking in to a warm house on a cold morning – for viewers and agents.
6 If you are looking to put your house on the market, aim to have photos taken before your decorations go up. If it hasn’t sold by the new year, photos with decorations up can make your house look stale.
7 Choose an agent that will give you plenty of notice before viewings. We all tend to over indulge at the Christmas party or fill the house with guests, so we understand a bit of notice and time to tidy up is important over December.
8 Christmas is a time for people to take a few days off and sit around with family planning the year ahead. Consequently, Boxing day produces the most hits on property portals. You need to make your home stands out and buyers comment that tidy gardens are particularly eye-catching. Maybe spend the first week of December giving the garden a spruce up ready for the coming weeks of viewings and guests.
9 There tends to be a bit of a ‘New Year Rush’ with people looking to buy and sell. We attended 146 viewings in January 2018 so why don’t you beat the ‘rush’ and get your house on the market ready for January viewings to be booked in over Christmas.
10 Most importantly, still enjoy Christmas festivities and decorations. Don’t make selling your house a priority over fun, drinks, food and Christmas spirit.