Midnight last night saw the end of sales of 60w light bulbs in Britain. It is now illegal to manufacture and import these light bulbs within the EU, although retailers who still have old stock will be permitted to sell that, but once they’re gone, they’re gone!
The main alternatives to the old style bulbs include halogen and compact fluorescent lamp (CLF) bulbs as well as light-emitting diodes (LEDs). This is all part of the EU plan aimed at trying to reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2020.
There are many people who feel this decision is premature as many consumers find that the new bulbs can take a long time to ‘warm up’ and do not emit enough light, or the light gives an unattractive glow. There has also been a call for the ban to be reversed as there are many groups who say the new bulbs can cause adverse effects if you suffer from some health conditions.
There was an interesting article in the BBC Business News yesterday, giving advice to homeowners who might be trying to sell in the current market.
We all know that the housing market has been pretty inactive in recent months, so now more than ever, sellers have to try to make their houses more appealing to potential buyers. Figures from HR Revenue and Customs showed that in July this year, 10,000 fewer houses were sold in the UK compared to July 2010.
Good advice includes working out your target market – is your house or flat going to appeal to a family, professional couple or single person? Having identified your specific market you can promote your property accordingly, including information on schools, transport etc.
We know that when you have people viewing your home, you need to make sure that it is clean, clutter-free and that all minor DIY jobs have been dealt with. This might mean minor structural repairs or patching and painting a wall, or it could just be changing a blown light bulb. Whatever needs doing – do it.
Consider whether to leave pets and/or children with a neighbour or grandparent, and also whether you are the best person to conduct viewings. Leave the best room in the house until last when doing a viewing and keep positive!
If you have any hints and tips on selling a house, let us know, or even if you just need a whinge because it’s taking for ever to sell!