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House Hunting New Summer Priority

Published: 20/07/2020

The summer months of July and August usually see a decline in the number of house sales as the holiday season commences, with buyers and sellers alike leaving the country for warmer weather. However, it is fair to say this is obviously far from being a typical year.

Mount & Minster estate agents predict this holiday season could be an exception, with travel plans restricted and a significant surge in housing demand following the reopening of the market in May.

In addition, the announcement of a Stamp Duty reduction until April 2021 will undoubtedly increase housing market activity even more.

With house hunting now a higher priority this summer, Mount & Minster have gathered a few easy steps you can follow to show your home in its best light and appeal to your ideal buyer.

Safety Measures

Read-up on adhering to all new social distancing measures. Remove any unnecessary furniture to prevent viewers from needing to touch too much. Vacate your property whilst viewings are taking place in order to minimise your contact with those not in your household.

Windows

It’s easy to overlook the condition of your windows but buyers make-up their mind within 35 seconds of arriving at a home and windows/doors are one of the first things they’ll notice. Giving old wooden windows a thorough clean and a fresh lick of paint is a cheap and easy way to stop them looking cracked and show that the entire property has been well maintained, giving buyers the confidence that the rest of yoyr home has also likely to have been given the same care.

The Garden

Summer is the perfect time to show off a well-maintained garden. Get rid of those weeds, cut back any overgrown trees and filling empty space with plant pots will add extra colour to your garden. Make sure to set up any outdoor furniture including tables, chairs and parasols to give buyers a sense of how the space might look when they’ve moved in.

Décor

None of your buyers will never have identical taste to you, however they must be able to picture themselves living in the space. Anything over-personal such as bright cushions or wallpaper can make them feel like a guest in someone else’s home. Keep decoration simple and colours neutral to offer buyers a blank canvass to add their own splash of ‘home’.

Odours

Pets leave a smell that owners can become immune to over an extended time, but it’s likely anyone viewing will notice them straight away. Air out the property in advance of any viewings, and when following Government guidance to vacate your property whilst viewings are taking place, be sure to take your four legged friends with you.

DIY

Small snags such as holes in walls, broken doorknobs, and cracked tiles will be picked-up on and put buyers off. If DIY honestly isn’t your strength, don’t be tempted to try these jobs yourself because you think it will be cheaper, it can be worth spending a little extra on professional handiwork that will attract a premium price.

For advice relating how best to market your home this summer, please contact us for a free consultation on 01522 716204 or 01476 515329.