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Selling Your Home In The Winter

February 6, 2019

Selling a home in the wintertime can be challenging but there are many things you can do to ensure your property stands out from the others on the market in your area. Here are our top tips for selling your home during the winter months.

Tidy your garden

The garden is one of the first impressions that potential buyers will have of your property, so consider giving your garden a bit of a ‘face-lift’ before taking photographs. Clear the gutters, rid the garden of leaves, put garden furniture away, mow the lawn and be sure flower beds are weed-free. Act to make sure that the walkways to the entrance of your property are clear. If you really want to impress, plant some evergreen shrubbery.

Portico Top Tip: If you don’t have a garden but do have a balcony or terrace, ensure all outside space is decluttered and well presented.

Chigwell2bed

This winter garden has been kept clean and tidy, perfect for prospective viewings.


Let there be light

As night falls early in the winter months, be sure to make the most of natural light when you’ve got it. Open the curtains, and let your property fill with light. Turn on all overhead lights and lamps in your home and do your best to schedule viewings when daylight is available, especially at weekends. If you a property viewing does have to be carried out in the evening, pop on some candles to provide a warm and gentle glow.

Portico Tip: If your home is very dark, consider placing spotlights behind furniture. This is a subtle way to bring light and space for those winter viewings.

Woodford4bed

This property has taken full advantage of its glass features, and looks bright and airy on even the darkest winter days.

Keep things cosy


Cosiness is key when it comes to selling your home in January and February. Make sure your home is clean, fresh and warm. If you have a log burner or fireplace, have these on for viewings, so potential buyers can see them in working order. Décor is a big factor when selling during the winter chill. Fill your home with soft furnishings and materials like wool. If you can, adopt a darker (but still neutral) colour scheme to suit the time of year.

Portico Tip: Our team of interior designers knows just how to stage your home to make sure it sells. Get in touch with them today.

Chigwell3bed

This beautiful home features a neutral palette with darker accents, making it perfect for a winter viewing.


Highlight the good features

With less light to work with, it can be harder to see your home’s true charms. When taking potential buyers around your home, take extra care to highlight those features that made you fall in love with your home. Before viewings, make sure these features, such as high ceilings, or a new, modern bathroom, are clean and looking their best.

Portico Tip: To help you remember to highlight your property’s best features, place index cards in each room that list the things you would like to point out to potential buyers. That way, you’ll never miss an opportunity again.

Chigwell7bed

Don't miss out on an opportunity to purchase this unique Grade II listed Georgian property, with it's glamorous high ceilings and drape curtains it's a definite showstopper.


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