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How to Sell Your Property Near Christmas

Published On: December 3, 2015 at 3:18 pm


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People have different ideas about when the best time of year to sell a property is, but vendors often don’t have much of a choice and must make the most of the market when the time arrives.

Selling a home in winter is a brilliant opportunity to show off how cosy and comfortable the property is. Buyers will also be looking round wondering how good the house will be for hosting Christmas – so make sure your property seems like a family-friendly, warm space for prospective owners.

How to Sell Your Property Near Christmas

How to Sell Your Property Near Christmas

The following tips should encourage interest from winter buyers, so take note!

Make an entrance

We all know that first impressions can make or break your opinion of a property, so the outside of your house is the best place to start. The exterior is the first thing your viewers will see, so it is vital that you put some effort into making your home look inviting.

Start by fixing any broken fence panels or sprucing up areas of flaking paint. Tidy up the front garden and remove the plants that have seen better days. If the windows and front door are looking a bit grubby, ensure they have a good wipe down, or consider a fresh lick of paint. Check out the trendiest colours for this year here: /dress-up-your-front-door-for-the-festive-season/

Heat things up

There’s nothing nicer than stepping into a warm house from the cold outdoors. Make your viewers feel immediately welcome by heating up your property before they arrive. If a viewing is booked for the evening or in the morning, set the thermostat to come on in plenty of time.

It may be nice to offer your prospective buyers a hot drink and mince pie to warm them through. If you have candles around or an open fire, light them to add to the atmosphere.

Set the mood

With darker evenings and mornings, bathing your house in light will brighten up any damp and dreary day. Not only do well-lit rooms help viewers see the full potential of the home, but it also sets the mood of the property. If you have a viewing in the day, keep curtains open and wash the windows, to maximise incoming light. If you’ll be showing off your home in the evening, use side lamps alongside your main lighting to add warmth to the room. It is also a good idea to invest in an outside light, so that your house appears bright from the street.

Take some new snaps

If your property has been on the market for a long time, it is likely that your photographs will be out of date, therefore indicating to prospective buyers that you’re having a hard time selling. If your pictures show trees full of summer leaves or flowers in bloom in the garden, it suggests that your property has not had much interest since the summer. Viewers could therefore put in a lower offer than they would have otherwise.

Choose a bright, fresh day to take new photographs and make sure interior images look cosy and inviting with no clutter or rubbish.

Get in the Christmas spirit

Although many prospective buyers are reluctant to make large financial commitments around Christmas, you can use the festive period to your advantage. Add some Christmassy touches to your property to incite excitement in your viewers. An elegant wreath on the door, subtle decorations inside and scented candles are all easy ways to put your viewers in a good mood and keep them interested. But beware of going over the top – prospective buyers always want to imagine themselves and their belongings in the house, so keep your own tastes to a minimum.

Are you trying to sell your property this winter? Put some of these tips into action and attract the Christmas buyers!

Finding the Best Estate Agent to Sell your Property

Published On: April 15, 2015 at 1:47 pm


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When you are selling your property, finding the right estate agent is the most important decision you will make.

The best estate agent will provide a realistic valuation and advise you correctly on improvements and certification that could add value to your asset and sell it quickly.

Most agents are paid commission once a contract is signed. This can lead them to tell you the wrong things, such as that your house is perfect when it isn’t, and overvaluing. Both of these can holdup the sales process.

A good agent

To determine if you have found a good estate agent, request reasoning from them when they value the property. Ask them what they will do if the property does not sell as quickly or at the price expected. If you’re happy with their answers, you may have found a trustworthy agent.

It is a good idea to check recent sales and prices of similar properties in the area by entering the postcode at

Marketing the property

It is expected that estate agents advertise online, so find out which websites they use. They should be members of popular sites such as

They could also advertise in newspapers, so check if they are doing this. If the property is pricey, they could put it in a national newspaper or magazine.

Finding the Best Estate Agent to Sell your Property

Finding the Best Estate Agent to Sell your Property

Traditional window adverts are also good for the local market, but make sure you know how long your property will be put there.

You can also request to look at their brochures, photography and descriptions. Ensure these are of a high standard to make your property look as good as possible.

Questions to ask yourself

Before you appoint an estate agent, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does your agent communicate well?
  • Do you get on with the agent?
  • Do you trust the agency?

Additionally, read the contract thoroughly. If you do not understand something, research or ask the agent. If you aren’t happy with something, don’t sign.


Sometimes people will simply go with the agent offering the highest valuation. However, it is common for these agents to ask you to lower the asking price within a couple of months. This can waste valuable time, in which you will need to keep the property ready for sale. If you are looking for another home, you may have lost the one you really wanted in this time also.

Buyers are also going to think there is something wrong with the property the longer it’s on the market.


You must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when selling your property. These are required by law, and allow potential buyers to check the energy efficiency of the property. The EPC contains details of energy use and costs. The EPC gives the property an energy rating and is valid for ten years.

Gas and electric safety certificates can also be beneficial when selling a property. Buyers will want to know everything is safe, and mortgage lenders want to see the state of the gas and electrics when lending on a property.


You should ensure that your property is well presented before trying to sell, as this could be the difference between a great price and not selling at all. Improving the appearance could be simply tidying up the garden or decorating.

If there are broken or old features to the house, inside or out, a buyer may feel that the property has been neglected, and therefore has more serious underlying problems.

Read this advice on improving the exterior of your property: /improving-the-exterior-of-your-home/.

Inside the property

When a buyer steps into the house, they want to see it as their home. De-personalising the property and keeping it minimal will stop family photographs or ornaments clouding their vision.

These tips can help with staging your property: /ten-tips-for-home-staging/.