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Light and warmth key to securing a winter sale

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

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LETTING light and warmth in to your home are key during winter, says Savills Exeter, which believes paying attention to the finer details are key to turning a winter viewing into a sale.

With one of the coldest winters on record set to hit this season, promoting your home as a warm, bright and welcoming haven is paramount, says Richard Addington.

Here he provides some top tips for selling your home during a cold snap.

"As the winter draws in so does the darkness, and the opportunities for potential buyers to see your home in all of its glory," he said.

"In this tough market at this time of year, a good first impression is more important than ever.

"And there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to show your home at its very best. It's just a matter of letting in the light and warmth.

"Even during daylight hours it can often be challenging to get a good view through a cloud of grey, mist or rain. And rooms inside which are already dark, need extra help to come to life. This is where lighting becomes so important.

"A warm, bright and welcoming house on a blustery winter's day can be as inviting as one basked in summer sunshine. Yet so many vendors overlook this, and it's such a simple thing to get right.

"Firstly, prior to viewings, check your lighting inside and out. Remember to look at central and wall lights, spots and lamps. Check all your bulbs and double check any chandeliers and down-lights.

"If you have an open fire (and it is safe to do so), light it. There are few things more homely than the warm glow of a fireplace lighting up the room. Failing that, ensure your heating is timed to come on in advance of a viewer's arrival so they can noticeably feel the difference. This is especially important if the house is not lived in regularly.

"Also check your external lights. If you don't already have one, consider installing a security light, which is triggered by movement so that potential buyers can easily and safely find their way to the front door and if necessary into the gardens.

"Open your curtains and turn on your lamps. Even if you wouldn't usually double up, do what you can to bring in the light. It is just one of the finer details which can make the difference, turning a viewing into a sale."

For further information on how best to present your home for sale, contact Savills in Exeter on 01392 455700.

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