A white Christmas?… This season’s colour is neutral!

It won’t be too much longer before the Christmas trees and decorations start to go up (if you haven’t already). So what is your colour this season?

With a fantastic array of colour schemes now available - giving the reds, golds and greens a run for their money - will you be opting for something less traditional?

Whether we have a white Christmas or not, the advice from the experts is to give your home interior a more neutral feel this festive season, if a sale is on your wish list. 

Su Snaith, our Head of Estate Agency, said: “We all know that first impressions count, and with Christmas not too far away, this is a great chance for sellers to take a step back and think about how they present their home in the most attractive way to buyers before the colourful decorations go up.

“Think neutral – it is very hard to be offended by neutral colours, particularly with so many other colours associated with the Christmas period.

“So, if you are planning to sell your home in the next few weeks, there is still chance to get well prepared before the hustle and bustle of the festive season sets in.”

Here's some tips on keeping it subtle this season: 

  • Kerb appeal will be the clincher – even before prospective buyers have stepped through the front door. Ensure rubbish bins are out of sight, windows and doors are clean, the pathway to the front door is clear of autumn leaves, and any cobwebs are removed from the porch.
  • Bland is beautiful! Neutral décor sells homes – so refresh any walls with something subtle that can be enhanced with colourful accessories.
  • It’s getting darker earlier which doesn’t make things easy when it comes to decorating. Try to work in natural daylight or in good light to achieve the best results.
  • While you may be happy to live with unfinished DIY jobs, it may not be appealing to potential buyers. If there are small painting or repair jobs that need doing, try and get them finished or for things that require more time and work, consider paying a professional.
  • Putting up the tree and decorations may mean that you have to compromise when it comes to space. Try and create the illusion of space by moving furniture around (or even out) of a room, and reposition mirrors to give the effect of more space and light.
  • If you like to prepare for Christmas early when it comes to wrapping presents and writing cards, make sure gift bags, paper – and the presents themselves – are packed away out of sight, or neatly displayed under your tree.
  • Christmas is a magical time, so if you are inviting viewers into your home during the festive season why not treat them to a mince pie and a warming drink? 
  • Taking this one step further – providing you have had plenty of time to prepare – you could talk to your agent about organising an open house viewing event in the run up to Christmas?

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