Make the property warm and inviting. Create a welcoming ambience with a lovely warm house by turning on the heating prior to viewings. Making an effort can make all the difference.
First impressions count so add some hardy winter plants to your garden or balcony. They add a cheery, personal touch, plus it's more welcoming and shows that the property is cared for. Make sure lawns are neat and tidy and patios are clear of hazards.
Getting the lighting right is essential to creating the perfect feel to your property. Make sure all light bulbs work and think about small table lamps rather than a bright central light if viewings are booked for the darker evenings. This will create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. Also, for safety and aesthetic reasons, ensure your property is well lit outside.
Remove unnecessary clutter and mess. If you have an abundance of children's toys, there are cheap attractive storage containers that you can buy to store them in, which in turn will make the room look bigger. Create an attractive open space which will be more welcoming for potential buyers.
At this time of year there is less competition and buyers tend to be more committed and more likely to venture out in bad weather.
Check to see if there are any maintenance problems that need fixing. This will keep the house in tip top condition, not just for the winter but for the year to come.
Be aware that bad weather may cause some access problems, particularly snow and ice. Salt and grit on drives and paths will ensure there are no accidents. In wet weather, you can ask your agent to provide overshoe covers to keep carpets clean.
A belated Happy New Year from everyone at Fox Estates.
At the start of the New Year, Fox Estates hit the ground running. We went live with four new properties on 2nd January and had sales agreed on three of them within two weeks. In the weeks since, we have been extremely busy with valuations, listings, viewings, exchanges and completions.
Chris Fox predicted a mini boom for 2020 last year and it appears he was right again as according to a report by Zoopla, buyers have flocked back on to the market since the election.
The number of people inquiring about buying a home was 26pc higher between December 23rd and January 19th than in the same period a year earlier, the report said. House prices across the UK cities were up 3.9pc on a year earlier, the biggest rise for two years. The report is a further sign that there has been a 'Boris bounce' since the general election, which means that households who were holding off moving are returning to the market.
Everyone at Fox Estates would like to wish all our past, present and future customers a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful, healthy and prosperous New Year.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out!
by Dr. Seuss
House prices will rise 2 per cent next year as confidence returns to the market, economists predict.
Howard Archer, chief UK economist at accounting giant EY, said the Tories thumping win would boost house price growth from its current level of about 1 per cent a year. He said record low interest rates would also help homebuyers although experts now think there is less chance of a rate cut by the Bank of England. Policymakers are tipped to keep interest rates on hold as they wait to see the impact of Boris Johnson's hefty majority. Economists think two policymakers - Michael Saunders and Jonathan Haskel - could still vote to cut rates.
Ruth Gregory, economist at Capital Economics, said it was likely that rates would remain unchanged in 2020 before rising to 1 per cent in May 2021. She said GDP could increase to 1.8 per cent in 2021 as spending plans fuel economic growth.
Archer said: 'Housing market activity could be given a modest lift in 2020 if the Government introduces specific measures aimed at boosted the sector in the Budget. Low mortgage interest rates and a shortage of properties for sale should provide some support to prices.'
By Helen Cahill