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Sellers And Landlords In The Central Belt Urged Not To Hold Off Marketing During Winter


Strong demand from both prospective house buyers and tenants across the central belt of Scotland has continued unabated despite the start of the traditionally quieter winter months.

CKD Galbraith's Stirling office is now urging sellers and landlords not to hold off marketing over the winter months as the demand is still far outstripping supply.

Jennifer Campbell, head of residential sales for the region, said:

There continues to be a healthy appetite from buyers at all price points and vendors should not be deterred from marketing their homes over the winter period.

Premium prices can still be achieved if the property is well presented and accurately valued.

Our top tips for selling your home in the winter include:

  •  Keep on top of the gardening: sweep up all the fallen leaves, prune plants and where possible try to inject some colour.
  •  Maintain the property: check for any loose roof tiles, clear the gutters, service your boiler and even paint the front door if it looks tired.
  •  Arrange for new photos to be taken: Autumnal colours can be a good opportunity for some renewed marketing.
  •  Ensure your home is well-presented inside: consider dressing' the property for winter, cosy blankets, thick interlined curtains and of course festive decorations.
  •  Finally, make sure the house is warm for viewings: this will create an inviting welcome and encourage viewers to spend more time considering the property.

The same advice should also be followed by landlords considering letting their properties over the coming months as tenant demand continues to hold strong across the central belt, this is reflected by a 4% rise on the firm's average rent prices compared to last year.

Shirley Kenyon, head of lettings at the firm's Stirling office, said:

Prospective tenants are seeking a wide range of property types. We have received requests for everything from one bedroom city centre flats to large rural family homes with land. However, all our tenants expect a very high standard of accommodation with quality fittings and good decoration.

We recently handled the let for 17 James Smith Road, a spacious five bedroom house close to the city of Stirling. Our experienced lettings team found suitable tenants and secured the full rental price within a week of bringing it to the market.

We have recently recorded an average void period of 23 days which is eight days shorter than the national average and we have continued to expand our landlord representation. The growing burden of landlord legislation has encouraged a growing number of landlords to take advantage of our managed lets service which takes away the hassle of letting a property and we will ensure everything is maintained to the highest standard and complies with the latest legislation.