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Tips for Selling Your Home AFTER the Clocks Go Back

In this three-minute read, we look at the best ways to market a
property in the mid-autumn months.

It’s
tempting when the clocks go back (as they will do on Sunday morning) to think
that it’s all downhill to Christmas but take our word for it: there’s still
time to make things happen in 2020.

It’s
mid-autumn and nine weeks until Santa visits – too early for us here at Holland Properties to
dust off our Christmas jumpers and reindeer ears.

If
you feel the same way, and recent events have prompted you to re-evaluate where
and how you want to live, then there’s no time like the present.

Autumn
can be an excellent time to sell your home, and with the Stamp Duty holiday
continuing until 31 March next year, there is a lot of interest in the London property
market.

When
it comes to selling, some fundamental principles apply all year round:
declutter, carry out essential repairs and maintenance and get the price
right.

But
there are some specific things you can do now to maximise your chances of a
good sale. Here are our top tips.

Viewings – Homes always
look best when it is light and bright. As there are fewer hours of sunlight in autumn
than summer, arrange viewings in the middle of the day, or on weekends.

Lighting – Make the
most of the natural light by opening curtains and blinds. Replace light bulbs
that are on their way out, and add a few bright, warm table lamps. Don’t go
overboard – you don’t want your home to look clinical. Aim for a warm,
welcoming glow.

Heating – Make sure
your home feels like a cosy refuge, not an Arctic igloo, before any potential
buyers arrive. If you’re likely to be out before a viewing, use automatic
settings to crank the heating up before a visit. And if you’re lucky enough to
have a fireplace, make the most of it by lighting it before a viewing. You want
viewers to imagine themselves relaxing by the fire with a hot toddy in hand.

Gardening – Sweep up
fallen leaves and cut the heads off withered flowers. Add colour and volume to
beds by planting winter bedding plants such as pansies, cyclamens and heather; these
work well in pots too. Remove leaves from the guttering.

First impressions – Make sure that the first impression viewers get when they
enter your home is a good one – you don’t want it to be damp and musty and
smell like a PE changing room. Remove wet boots and damp coats from your
entrance hall and put them out of sight.

2020
has been a year like no other for the housing market, with everything
screeching to a halt with lockdown and then accelerating when the market
re-opened. But with interest rates remaining low, and many people reassessing
their priorities, it’s likely to remain busy for some time to come.

Here at Holland Properties, we’re proud to say that in 2020
we’ve helped many people make the next important move in their life.
If you’re ready to make a move, get in touch. We’re here to help.

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