There is a reason that the best time to sell property used to be the spring: after the dark days of winter, everyone wants to live in a cheery and bright home.
These days the spring effect isn’t so pronounced, with autumn now a hot contender for the title of peak housing sales time, but people are still more drawn to property they’ve seen in the sun. And natural light bouncing around the interior of your house helps too, glinting off pristine surfaces through newly-washed windows and not being banished from dark corners.
When your house goes on the market it can be easy to concentrate on the look of the place, as this is obviously Â vital when the photos are being shot. And the photos are genuinely how potential buyers first meet your home.
However, when the fabulous photos have done their job and you have people booked in to actuallyÂ visitÂ the property, remember that they are bringing all their senses with them – and ideally you need to appealÂ to all 5, and not just sight. So let’s have a quick word about smells.
All the guides we looked at advise a seller to declutter before showing potential buyers around their home.
In the real-life example of Patrick – our conveyancing client in Hove – the decluttering process was undertaken earlier, before the photographs were taken and as part of the moving process.
It looks like exciting times for the homeowner with itchy feet: the housing market’s looking buoyant, with demand far outstripping supply (they say).
The economy’s on the up, interest rates are still at a historic low – it’s a perfect time to sell your home! Pretty much wherever in the country your home is, there are buyers panting to take it off your hands.
We may not have seen it coming, but the UK voting population has elected a Conservative government for the first time since John Major became Prime Minister in 1992. Property is always a key electoral issue, especially as homeowners are more likely to vote, according to a report by Andrew Aitken.
Given the importance of the homeowner in UK politics, it is interesting to look at how the two main parties appealed to them in the run up to the election.