Contrary to popular opinion, nowadays property activity does not markedly change!

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Contrary to popular opinion, nowadays property activity does not markedly change with the seasons, which makes it a good time for savvy sellers to take advantage of a less competitive market. However, marketing homes in winter – when the weather can be against you, trees are bare, gardens lack colour and interest, and the average viewer takes just seconds to judge a house on first sight – means taking extra steps to lessen the seasonal fallout and make your home irresistible to potential buyers.

  • Kerb appeal is all-important year-round but particularly in winter. Assuming external checks and maintenance have been undertaken, tidy the garden and invest in some shrubs or winter-flowering plants in portable planters to frame the front door, and/ or add a festive wreath. Use external lighting if you have it – a porch light always looks welcoming and solar-powered lights can be used to good effect to highlight a feature or illuminate paths, plants, and driveways. A snowy landscape can make the garden look pretty and cover a multitude of sins, but ensure paths are de-iced and cleared.
  • Make ‘warm, cosy and homely’ your mantra. Welcome viewers into a warm home with a lit fire if you have one as the main feature. Heat bedrooms or spare rooms in advance to maintain an even temperature with no sudden cold spots. Viewers who are cold and uncomfortable will not linger.
  • Lighting follows the same rule. After dark, switch on all the lights avoiding harsh overhead lights in preference for softer mood lighting. Making the most of natural light for daytime viewing calls for sparkling clean windows with blinds pulled up, and curtains/shutters open.
  • A Christmas tree can enhance a room but don’t go overboard with fairy lights and decorations or they can become a distraction. The same goes for external decorations.
  • Use scented candles infused with seasonal fragrances – avoid using room strays or plug-in fresheners as some people can be sensitive or allergic to the chemicals they contain.

Finally, selling in winter – or anytime during the year – calls for de-cluttering your home as much as possible by removing any unnecessary smaller items of furniture, ornaments, and personal items to enhance the feeling of space and give potential buyers the opportunity to visualize their own furniture and possessions in the house.

15 Windsor Drive, Falkirk – Offers Over £640,000

Situated at the head of a quiet residential cul-de-sac in Falkirk, 15 Windsor Drive is a

larger style detached villa offering flexible five-bedroomed accommodation designed with families in mind. Outside, carefully landscaped gardens are similarly responsive to family needs and include a gated entrance, sizable monobloc driveway leading to an integrated garage, play area (equipment included), shed, paved rear patio, insulated summerhouse (with electricity), security system – and a putting green.

This property has been extensively upgraded by the present owners and exhibits high quality fixtures and fittings throughout. But what makes it distinctively different is the layout, central to which is a very large wood-floored reception hall/ seating area with a single rose oak staircase rising to a galleried first floor landing. Partially open on two sides, the hall extends into an open-plan kitchen/living/dining space spanning 34ft x 29ft, off which is a utility room and cloakroom, two front-facing, bay-windowed reception rooms (one currently a playroom but could also be a sixth bedroom), shower room and abundant built-in hall storage. The kitchen/living/dining area has three sets of French doors to the patio and garden, statement fireplace with oak mantel/electric fire, while the kitchen has modern walnut units, granite work surfaces, central island, and integrated appliances.

Upstairs is a 35ft principal bedroom with large dressing room and palatial en suite bathroom (Jacuzzi bath, separate double-sized shower), three further double bedrooms (all with en suite shower room, French doors, and Juliet balcony), fifth bedroom/study, and built-in storage. A bonus, there is also a fully floored and insulated attic spanning an area half the size of the first floor.