Good moves, if you’re moving home

Homeowners looking to make the most of their current house on the market have been given some top tips from a leading organisation, which aims to help them spark interest from buyers and lead to a greater recovery in the property market.

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA)explained that potential home insurance customers don't want to fund repairs or deal with a shabby-looking house, so with this in mind it asserted that "first impressions count". Given that the outside of a house is the first thing potential buyers see, and with the more austere outlook brought about by winter, gardens and paths should be the particular focus of cleaning, it explained.


It added that running an open house is also a great idea. The NAEA asserted that people are turned off by the idea of hunting for a new pad during winter, so a well-advertised open house day could attract plenty of focused buyers. Making them a cup of coffee and even giving them some homemade cake was recommended, as then they'll realise they are dealing with friendly people.


Finally, as it's darker in January, February and March, home sellers were told to check their lighting. The sun does not work as hard to make a home glow, so warm and clear illumination is necessary if you are to advertise your house properly.