If you’ve had your house up for sale recently or you are considering putting it on the market, this month is an ideal time to attract buyers. It’s also a great time to consider kerb appeal and spruce up the appearance of your home.
Google search trends have revealed that traffic on property websites Rightmove and Zoopla can decline by as much as 30 per cent starting from November. This means that listing your house at the start of September will give you a two-month window in which to sell.
So why is September such a great time to put up the ‘for sale’ sign?
- People are determined to be moved in time for the festive season, which means buyers are more pro-active.
- Many school admission deadlines are due in February, so buying a house in the area you are after improves your chances of getting children into the school you want… better get a move on!
- September should (in theory) provide nice enough weather to get good pictures of a house before it goes on the market.
- Buyers who have typically been on holiday or busy with children during the summer months are now back in the market and giving searches their full attention.
According to the Right Move House Price Index for September 2016, there was an uplift in Rightmove website visits of 8 per cent in the first full week of September, after the end of the holiday season.
September is also a good time to look at your home and consider replacing outdated or just plain boring windows and doors. You would be surprised at the difference this can make.
Property experts say putting in new windows can make a house instantly smarter, warmer and quieter. Just make sure the replacements are the same as the original to reflect the age and style of the property. If you have a modern home, go for modern windows. If you have a period home, consider the same style as the originals, but modern quality. The potential cost is around £5,000 to £7,000 and could potentially increase the value of your home by around 5 per cent.
New windows and doors don’t need to be plain white; they come in a variety of colours and designs. Target Windows supplies Solidor composite doors, which even offer a door designer – take a look on the Solidor website here.
We also supply products by Profile 22, the UK’s leading manufacturer of PVC-U window systems. The company’s Optima range offers exceptional performance in energy efficiency, weather protection and security – and comes in a range of colours.
Adding a conservatory can raise your house’s value by between 7 and 15 per cent (if it’s part of a full-blown extension). This could cost between £5,000 and £30,000 (for a full extension).
You should select a design that complements the style of your home. Make sure there is still plenty of garden left, as even a small conservatory can add value to your home. Think about its position: a south-facing conservatory needs ventilation and shade, while a north-facing room requires good heating.
Check with your local planning department whether you need permission to build. If you’re within your home’s permitted development allowance (your local planning department can advise on this) and your conservatory is separated from your house by patio doors, you may be exempt.
The additional area needs to add functionality to the existing layout of the house, either as an enlargement of an existing room, or a room in its own right. Above all else, it must feel like a part of the rest of the house and not an ugly add-on.
Target Windows offers a range of conservatories and orangeries. To get some inspiration, browse the conservatories on our website and fill in the form to request a call back for a no obligation quote or advice from one of our experienced sales team.