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Bristol property: Estate agent sales tips on selling a home in winter

26 January 2012

Bristol property: Estate agent sales tips on selling a home in winter

 

written by Peter Bolton King

 

January is traditionally a time when people make life-changing decisions. With one of the most common being a house move, this could be an ideal time for Bristol property vendors to secure sales.

 

The number of properties available in the city remains stable. Figures from the National Association of Estate Agents show that there were 69 houses for sale in January 2011, just three fewer than in the year’s peak month of September, and that agreed sales for each of the two months stood at six and eight respectively. Although less people tend to actively search for a new home in the first month of the year, there were 252 would-be buyers on Bristol estate agents books in January, compared to 304 in September, the winter market can also bring a greater sense of commitment from both sides.

 

Here are four simple tips to help Bristol people who may be trying to sell a property in the city:

 

• First impressions count – ensure that potential purchasers won’t catch sight of any frost-bitten plants or peeling paint as they walk up the garden path towards the front door.

 

• Run an open house – the cold weather in these early months of the year can deter people from house hunting, but a well advertised open house day can be a great way of attracting committed and focused buyers who will no doubt welcome a warm drink and slice of home-made cake as they look around your house.

 

• Keep it warm – at this time of year more than any other Bristol home buyers will be keen to know that the heating system works, and works efficiently. Make sure the house is warm when you welcome potential buyers in; turn the heating on at least an hour before anyone is expected, it might be necessary to set a heating timer if you’re rushing home from work to show people round. If some rooms are particularly cold during the winter look at improving the insulation.

 

• Check your lights – ensure that all lights are working; in the winter months you can’t rely on sunshine to show your rooms off to their best advantage so make sure that artificial light is going to do the job well instead; replace any damaged bulbs. Buyers are also more likely to notice outside lights and security lights during the dark days of winter so it might be worth investing in those if you are able.

 

In addition, if you want your property transaction to be handled safely and professionally it can help to instruct an NAEA member, for several reasons:

 

• They are members of a regulatory body and are subject to control and regulation

• They ensure that your property is handled safely and with care

• They are experienced property professionals offering informed local advice

• They provide access to a complaints process should things go wrong

 

Peter Bolton King is Chief Executive of the National Federation of Property Professionals, which incorporates NAEA. He is passionate about raising standards in the industry and also raising customer awareness of the benefits of the Associations. He continues to lobby Government for minimum standards in the industry.

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