December 10, 2018

Get ready for the New Year market

‘Out with the old and in with the new’ is a phrase we hear a lot as we take down the Christmas decorations and begin to focus on what the year ahead is going to bring. If putting your house on the market is something on your agenda for 2019, now’s the time to think about getting prepared so that you are ready to put your plans into action as the market picks up after the traditional Christmas lull. As another saying goes, ‘the early bird catches the worm’. and by getting your house on the market before the traditional spring upswing you will find it easier to attract attention and hopefully the right buyer for your property.

At Andrew Granger & Co we are always happy to give you a free market appraisal if you are thinking of putting your property up for sale. It’s also a good idea to consider the following:

Create a cosy atmosphere

Many people wait until the weather improves in order to show off their house at its best; however the reality in the UK is that most of our days and evenings are spent indoors with the heating on, as opposed to dining alfresco or relaxing with the windows open. So showing off your home as a warm and comfortable sanctuary is a good thing.

A warm, inviting atmosphere can easily be created with the use of lighting and heating. If you have a fire or a log burner, this is the ideal time to showcase it. Whether you are selling a family home or a one-bedroomed flat, the key is to create the feeling of a place that people would be pleased to come home to after a long day to cook a meal and relax.

Get the photographs right

There’s no doubt that getting the right photographs to showcase your house is more of a challenge when the trees are bare and the skies are more likely to be overcast. For this reason, it’s important to use an experienced and professional photographer like the ones used by Andrew Granger & Co to take the photographs to be used online and in our high quality brochures.

As a leading and long-established local agent, we work with photographers who will show both the interior and exterior of your property in the best possible light, whatever the weather.

Clear out the clutter

One thing that will help with both viewings and creating an optimum atmosphere for your photographs is to have a big clear out. Get rid of anything you can’t imagine taking with you to your next house. Sometimes it’s a good idea to ask a friend whose opinion you value to tell you if there are areas of your house that could put off a potential buyer as sometimes we get so used to our surroundings it can be difficult to see the wood from the trees in terms of what we should get rid of and what should stay in our homes.

Once you’ve had a clear out, it’s important to do a major clean to make sure your house looks the best it possibly can.

To DIY or not DIY?

One question we hear a lot from potential buyers is should they go one step further and decorate or refurbish their home order to achieve a higher selling price? There is no one answer to this question and so it’s something we are always very happy to spend time discussing with potential clients.  However, before you go any further it’s worth considering the following:

  • If you have rooms that need a lick of paint, this is a cheap and easy way to give your house a new lease of life.
  • Cosmetic problems like cracked tiles and stained sealant are also relatively easy and cheap to replace and fixing them can make a big difference to your home’s visual appeal.
  • If your house needs a brand new kitchen or bathroom, replacing this will undoubtedly add to its appeal and potentially its value, however, you may find that the amount you spend will not tip into a profit or even be recouped. If you do decide on a major project like this to get an optimum price, make sure you choose a neutral colour scheme that will appeal to as many people as possible.

Don’t forget the garden

The time for relaxing outside may be many months off but that doesn’t mean you can neglect your outdoor space. Making sure pathways are clean and well-kept and that the garden itself is tidy will add to your property’s general appeal. Adding winter-flowering plants to pots and hanging baskets is another quick and easy way to make your house look well cared for and attractive. Remember, first impressions count and that always starts at the front door.

Get your finances in place

At Andrew Granger & Co, we can use our extensive local knowledge to advise you on an asking price that is realistic but will deliver the optimum price for your home. However, before you arrange a valuation you can usually get a rough idea of your property’s value by using an online tool such as Zoopla to give you an estimate based on recent selling prices of other properties in your area. There are also a variety of online mortgage calculation tools that can give you a rough idea of what your budget will be for your next property. According to recent research, the average cost of moving home is £9,810 although this will vary according to factors such as how much stamp duty you are required to pay.

Expert local estate agents on your side

If you’re keen to get your house on the market early in 2019, please contact us on the following numbers to arrange a valuation at a time convenient to you:

  • Leicester 0116 242 9922
  • Loughborough 01509 235 534
  • Market Harborough 01858 431 315