Selling Property - Nova News Editorial December 2014

It remains to be seen whether or not the general consensus of opinion amongst all those involved in the property business regarding the easing of the market as we lead up towards Christmas, are proving to be correct.

The likelihood is that this will be so, but do not despair this doesn’t mean your property will not sell over the festive period, so if you need to sell do not be put off marketing as there is much less competition over Christmas and as there is a little less business about your agent will be able to spend more time dealing with each individual property to achieve a sale. The festive period can be a busy time for viewings as it is one of the few times of the year that family’s have the chance to spend time together. Do not be too concerned that the lawn is a little long when you cannot get to cut it with the days being so short and the weather cold or damp, but, where possible, get those leaves raked up and tidy the borders. I never cease to be amazed by the number of vendors who apologise for the state of their garden at this time of year.

In the winter a garden will not always be at its best. Even so it pays to give the house and garden some kerb appeal as your viewer draws up to the property as first impressions are lasting impressions.

Andrew Mason Independent Valuer 07507 928008

This time of year is an important one to be aware of many things relating to your property, security being one of the most important. Just the small matter of leaving a light on, TV or radio can make a significant difference. One matter that is very important, whether we are owners or tenants is to keep the property warm. This is particularly important as the frosty nights start to arrive. If you are leaving the house for any period be sure to keep some form of heating on so as to prevent pipes from freezing, twice a day for an hour should be sufficient.

The worst thing to come home to is a flood and the next worst is to find that the insurers will not pay out if you have not taken reasonable steps to reduce the risk of burst pipes. Equally if you are responsible for an empty property this should be at the forefront of your mind. Be sure that the central heating boiler has been serviced, especially in a rented property where your landlord or managing agent is responsible for an annual service and safety certificate.