The nights are getting darker and Starbucks annual pumpkin spiced range is out now which can only mean one thing: Autumn is here!
At Neilsons Solicitors and Estate Agents, we always notice the shift in the daylight hours when the dark nights draw in because our LED backlit property displays just look that bit brighter. Ideal for displaying your property!
Are you selling your property in Autumn and looking to maximise your sale? Read on for our top Autumn viewing tips…
Try and encourage viewings early, before it gets dark to take advantage of daylight.
Everything looks brighter and clearer in the daylight and this includes your property!
In September, it can get dark at around 6pm but in October and November it can start to get dark as early as 4pm. With this in mind, consider hosting viewings before this time and at weekends.
If you work full time, then there is always the option of hiring an experienced viewing agent to show your property during the day for a set fee per hour.
Lighting is key. Make sure you showcase your property in its best “light”!
Make sure you put all of the lights on in your property during a viewing (don’t forget areas such as under cooker hoods) – even during the daytime.
It will brighten up your property – particularly with it getting darker earlier – remember you are trying to sell the property and showcase it in its best ‘light’ (excuse the pun!).
Replace any bulbs that may need replaced also, to ensure maximum brightness throughout the property.
Make your property warm, cosy and inviting.
Always put your heating on so that the property is warm before each viewing. You don’t want viewers to feel like your property is cold or draughty! Put on any coal effect fires. Good quality scented candles work well too, particularly at this time of year.
Remember, buying a property is an emotional and not a rational process so it is important your viewers feel welcome, relaxed, warm and ‘at home’.
Don’t forget your outside space and “kerb appeal”.
Make sure to clear fallen leaves from your front and back garden and pathway (even if you live in a communal stairway) just before your viewing starts. This will ensure the viewer gets a real sense of the space, and the leaves do not obstruct your garden or pathway.
There are also still some great autumn flowers that bloom for a long time in this season such as chrysanthemums and marigolds if you have flower beds to decorate. You can also place these in pots at your front door.
Remember, if you live in a shared tenement building, always sweep the communal stairway before the viewing. Dusting the banister with some polish is also a great way of freshening up the stairwell before each viewing.
Same rules apply all year around…
As ever, the same basic principles apply all year around regarding cleaning and de-cluttering.
- Always ensure your property is clean before each viewing. A good quality polish or cleaning spray such as Method appeals more than anything with harsh smelling chemicals such as bleach.
- De-clutter and remove any bulky items, excess furniture, toys and gym equipment and store off site. Bulky items will impact on a potential purchaser’s concept of space available in the property.
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If you are looking to sell this Autumn then book a free no-obligation Pre-Sale Appraisal with Neilsons online today. Our appraisals are much more than just a valuation and each appraisal includes free House Doctor advice as standard. We’ve been helping thousands of local sellers sell their property for over 40 years so you will be in very capable hands.