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Top Tips for Getting Your Property Winter-Ready

By Claire Briggs
Putting up property for sale during the winter months can be a wise move, but you’ll need to make sure your home is in top condition before showing anyone around.
This means doing a little maintenance here and there to show prospective buyers it’s winter-ready – and that they won’t have to do much should they decide to move in.

Pruning trees

Keeping a well-maintained garden can be a major draw for buyers, so it’s important to make sure yours is in top shape this winter.
Pruning back trees and large bushes is a great place to start. This will show that the house isn’t under threat when there’s a risk of high winds or other extreme weather events that tend to hit in winter.

Repair the roof

You know those loose roof tiles you’ve been putting off repairing? Now is the time to do it.
Potential buyers will only see it as another job that needs to be added to their to-do list. They might even be left wondering what else you’ve neglected to do before putting your home on the market.

Clear guttering

It’s also a wise idea to spend a few minutes ensuring all your guttering is cleared of debris. Dead leaves can easily build up over the course of a year, so it’s worth doing this annually.
If you are going to do this then get someone to help with holding the ladder and collecting the debris you manage to clear – leaving it in a mound for buyers to see isn’t an option!

Have the heating system serviced

A regular service for your heating system is a good idea, as this will give potential buyers peace of mind it’s in full working order should they decide to buy your property.
This will also ensure it’s operating to its full potential, helping your home feel cosy on even the coolest of winter nights.

Seal off draughts

Selling your home is a good time to address those draughts coming through doors and windows.
You might be able to seal them off yourself, otherwise get in a professional to do the work for you. A little expenditure here and there can make a real difference to your would-be buyers.

Tackle damp

Warming up your property during winter can sometimes lead to mould and damp forming, so make sure you tackle this before holding an inspection.
Pay special attention to the bathroom and kitchen – mould can be a real turn-off to a prospective purchaser.

Once you’ve got your property winter-ready, why not have an obligation free appraisal to see how much your property may be worth? Simply complete the form below, or call Ray White Uxcel today on (08) 9275 7777.

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