Tips to Sell your Home this Christmas

There are some things that the British public simply cannot believe at this time of year; how cold it is, how dark it is and, above all, that it’s nearly Christmas. Nevertheless, Christmas is indeed upon us and if you are selling your home, or thinking of selling your home, you may be under the impression that it’s not the optimum time to bag a sale. Our top tips to sell your home at Christmas will show you that not only is it possible to sell your home during the festive season, it is a doddle.

Picture perfect

The average time that a buyer takes to look at a picture on a property advert is three seconds, so having the perfect image is essential in your quest to sell your home – especially at Christmas. When having your home photographed, it is important to think about the staging; ask yourself whether the clutter around your home has been put away, can you remove some of your personal items in order to create more space or give everything one last polish? Once you’ve ticked off those basics, think about the Christmas factor – do not include heavily decorated rooms in your photographs as they will detract from the space and may age your property if your home remains on the market in to January.

Keep the pine in line

Of course, at this time of year the Christmas tree has taken its place in our living rooms and other communal spaces, but make sure that the tree isn’t dwarfing the space it is in. We can all get carried away with the festivities, but this may not be the year to get the 7-foot Nordic spruce of your dreams – in the same way that cramming a king-size bed in to a single room will make the room appear cramped, an over-sized tree will also make your room seem smaller than it is. Buyers like to imagine their own furniture in potential new homes, so allow them the space to do so.

Serious offers only

Although some may suggest that Christmas is a difficult time to attract buyers to your home, what the period does provide is serious buyers. You can make the most of the serious buyers in December by ensuring that you see each property viewing as the optimum chance to sell – making sure that your home is in pristine shape and you are welcome and positive about the property and the area. Potential buyers can glean an image of what it may be like to live in the area from their interactions with you as the homeowner, so ensure that you are up-to-date about local schools and solely positive when they ask you any questions. Similarly, being flexible may bag your buyer as an accommodating vendor, who allows for viewings at irregular hours for example, could help clinch that crucial sale.

Preparation is key

Being organised could be the key in securing your Christmas sale. Make sure that your fixture and fittings list is put together, you have the legally required energy performance certificate and, if you have had work completed on the house, make sure you have the relevant consents. Solicitors can be the make-and-break in a sale scenario, with a slow solicitor frustrating both buyer and seller, so take recommendations from your estate agent and have an efficient solicitor all lined up, ready for a sale.

Being in a new home by the New Year can seem to be an impossible task, however by showing restraint with your festive decorations, and taking the appropriate steps to being prepared and organised you can certainly sell your home this Christmas and start your 2019 with the perfect gift – a new home.

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A sneak peek into a great buy to let opportunity in Bredbury

This fantastic opportunity is due to hit the market with ourselves in the next couple of days so I thought I would give you a sneaky peek to get you one step ahead.

The property in question is located on Sandiway in Bredbury and will be hitting the market for £109,950! Given its price I’m sure this will receive alot of attention so you will need to act quick before it goes. It is a three bedroom mid terrace with lounge, separate kitchen and utility area downstairs. It also offers off road parking and a well proportioned rear garden. The property is in of a complete overhaul with everything needing to be redone internally.

Situated in a convenient location close to public transport links and local shops this will appeal to a family predominately.

If the works cost in the region of £20,000 to complete and you bought it for the guide price you would still achieve a brilliant 6.9% yield based on £750 pcm. If you would like any further details please contact us on 0161 427 0755.

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A recently reduced top floor apartment in Springbank Court, Woodley is currently on the market for £110,000 and offering a superb 6.8% yield.

This fantastic two bedroom apartment offers spacious accommodation throughout. In brief it offers; entrance hallway, two double bedrooms, three piece bathroom suite, two cupboards perfect for storage and a walk in storage area in the master bedroom. The open plan living area spanning over 23 feet in length has multiple windows which flood the room with natural light. This room is a great place to entertain with a fitted kitchen and breathtaking views over the surrounding area. Externally covered secure parking is available with the property.

This perfect buy to let offers a fantastic return, based on achieving a realistic £625 pcm. Appealing to a professional person/couple in particular due to its’ convenient location to public transport routes.

Currently on the market with our Marple branch. Please click HERE for more details and call us on 0161 427 0755 to arrange a viewing.

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Mid Winter Wind down

Come and take a break from all the Christmas busyness by attending this extended yoga session which has been especially designed to quieten the mind and re-energise the body. As we approach the winter solstice we will honour the return of the sun with nurturing practices that will let you glow from the inside out.

Pop down to the The Signol Community Centre, 67 Stockport Road, Romiley. SK6 3AA

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Marple Bridge Winter Wonderland

Taking place on Saturday 7th December from 1pm – 5pm. Maple Bridge Winter wonderland is sure to be a great day for the family.

One of the biggest events in Maple’s festive calendar, there are to be 25 stalls attending along side Santa and a choir. Head down to Town Street in Marple Bridge.

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Santa Dash

Marple Santa Dash is a fun run for all the family starting at 12 noon from Marple Memorial Park. It is organised by Romiley & Marple Lions on behalf of Kidneys for Life

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Marple Christmas Light Switch On!

It’s beginning to look a lot like…Christmas! We are very much looking forward to the Marple pop-up Christmas markets and light switch on which is taking place on Friday the 29th November. The event will run from 4pm-8pm and be sure to wrap up warm.

In association with Cllr Malcolm Allan from Stockport Council, Make It Marple and Marple Independant Shops there will be Late Night Shopping, Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, Singing and a visit from the big man himself, Father Christmas… Come along and support local artisans on their market stalls along with the local shops who are taking part, an event not to be missed!

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The government has announced an initiative to use proptech (property technology) to “digitally transform house-buying”, helping to speed up how we build and sell homes. However, research by KMPG suggests just 58% of real estate companies have a digital strategy in place.

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Making a good first impression is key when presenting your home for sale. Potential buyers and renters are always extra vigilant when it comes to viewing properties, from the front gate to the back garden, meaning it’s even more important to present your home in its best light from the off. But even if you’re not looking to sell up, there’s something to be said for sprucing up the front of your home. 

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