Selling your Home in New Year? Start Preparing in December

Even though December is a fantastic month of the year to look back and celebrate; if you want to achieve great things in 2019, the sooner you start, the better. If you are looking to sell your home next year, it makes sense to start planning and preparing right now. At Conran Estates, we are pleased to say we have helped countless vendors in areas like Greenwich, Eltham and Charlton sell their home; and we look forward to assisting you too.

It is unlikely that you will want to spend too much time in the garden or outside of your home in December, but if you do, you can put this time to effective use. There will hopefully be some hours of daylight and warmer temperatures where you can do some work outside of your home. When selling your house, it is vital to make a positive first impression, and kerb appeal is vital. 

Step outside to make the best first impression 

The outside of your home is the first thing that prospective buyers see, and with these tips, you can make the best possible impression on buyers: 

  • Take time to clear leaves, remove puddles and ensure the garden area looks as appealing as possible 
  • Review window frames and make sure they are in fantastic condition 
  • Clean out your gutters, for practical and aesthetic reasons 
  • Check the condition of driveways, paths and walkways 
  • Store garden furniture or tools away 

If you can spare the time to make these small improvements to your garden area this December, you will have a strong platform for January and beyond. 

You must offer a warm welcome 

If you welcome people to your home, you should offer a polite and warm welcome. However, when presenting your home to the market, you need to offer an attractive and comfortable home, which means that it should be warm with respect to temperature. During the summer months, problems at home can be minimised or not felt, but this isn’t the case in winter. 

Therefore, you need to consider the condition and quality of your home, especially with respect to insulation. Review door and window frames, and make sure that these are in good condition. If you have the time or means, consider adding cavity insulation, retaining heat more effectively. This will make your home warmer, but it also improves the energy efficiency of your home, which saves money on energy bills. 

Start the decluttering process 

If you are gearing up for Christmas, it is likely that you will be creating space to put a tree up and to hang decorations. It makes sense to clear items away, and this can help you with the decluttering process. If there are items you don’t need at home or which take up too much space, considering removing them from your home. 

A clean and decluttered home is essential when it comes to presenting your property effectively. Styling your home for Christmas can provide you with the ideal platform for creating a spacious and clean home in the New Year. 

Of course, another crucial step in selling your home is enlisting the services of a skilled and experienced estate agent. If you want assistance from a local agent with considerable experience, get in touch with Conran Estates and we will be more than happy to assist you.