One thing you soon learn about any Mediterranean people is that they love to party! And there’s no better excuse to don your fanciest clothes and get together with family and friends for a night of celebration than the village festa. These local festivities take place mainly in the summer months and uniquely capture the character of the Maltese as a whole, whilst throwing light into the slight differences between one village and the next. Ostensibly, the reason for such festivities are religious and, sure enough, you’ll find reminders of the village’s patron saint wherever you look. However, wandering about the confetti-strewn streets and the stalls selling traditional Maltese nougat and other sweets you quickly pick up a more profane undercurrent which translates in inter-village rivalries about whose festa is the biggest and the best! Don’t get me wrong, the religious aspect, concentrated in the benevolent figure of the patron saint, is very much central to the event. However, the dichotomy between the ‘internal’ Church-led feast consisting of solemn Masses and processions, and the ‘external’ people-led feast, made up of firework displays and band marches, is too stark not to notice. It is perhaps this blend of the holy and the profane that lends Maltese village festivals their charm. With eyes fixed on high towards the vara (statue) of their saint while gulping down cold beer from plastic cups, it is hard to find such close coexistence between the transcendental and the material elsewhere. It isn’t just the locals that dress up to the nines during the festa. Even the village streets are bedecked with colourful hand-sewn pavaljuni and damask, making for a truly fascinating scene that attracts thousands of tourists every year who visit the islands during festa season. One of the biggest draws of the Maltese village festival are the fireworks that light up the summer sky. The Maltese are very proud of their skills in pyrotechnics, even though the craft is riddled with numerous perils. Local firework makers routinely win international awards and prizes for their creations which delight local and foreigners alike. The Maltese festa season runs from the end of May, right through the entire summer season, and concludes in September. Every festa takes place over an extended weekend, culminating in the actual feast day of the patron saint on a Sunday and then spilling over the following Monday for a traditional xalata (think: after-party) at one of the island’s fine beaches. Although every village sees their own festa as the best, one could argue that the peak point of the Maltese festa season occurs in the mid-August with the feast commemorating the Assumption of Our Lady. This feast is celebrated simultaneously in several villages across Malta and Gozo, making it the biggest religious feast of the Maltese summer.
For achieving a positive property viewing.
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1. Think about the best features of your property and highlight these to your viewer.
2. If you have ANY pets, keep them away from the viewer, preferably out of the house completely.
3. If you’re viewing at night, ensure that ALL lights are switched on; even those under kitchen cabinets; before your prospective buyer arrives.
4. Open ALL internal doors fully; this maximises space and allows light to bounce around the property, again, before your buyer arrives.
5. Greet your viewer, and explain you are happy to answer any questions that they may have at the end. Do not start a monologue of what the bricks are made of or how much money you have spent on the property.
6. Allow your viewers to enter all rooms first, this gives the illusion of space, better that you do not take up too much of it.
7. It is a great idea to show the best room in the house last. Be that the kitchen or the roof with views. END ON A HIGH!
8. Let the viewer know why YOU bought the property in the first place.
9. When you have shown the viewers around, invite them to look around on their own.
10. If you hear any negative comments from your viewer, remember this is not personal. Not every viewer will see your home as suitable.
11. Do not bombard your viewer with questions regarding making an offer . If they are interested they will request a 2nd appointment. We at Home Sale Malta will gather all feedback and pass this on to you.
12. Remember ALL FEEDBACK is good, even when it is not what you want to hear. If there are any negative responses from a viewing it allows you the opportunity to put right for next time.
Selling your home is probably the most stressful transaction you will ever make. The time involved, the preparation of your home, just getting listed, and then waiting on a viewer is time consuming and hard work. It is easy to get downhearted when after a couple of viewings there is still no offer. The crucial thing, is to keep focused on the end goal. It is easy to get lazy and not follow the guide above, it is also easy to start sounding desperate when you have your next viewing. Selling a home is a lesson in stretching your patience! Home Sale Malta will always pass on feedback from viewers, it is very important that you heed what is being said. And if you can change any negatives then do it. Follow these tips every viewing without fail and you’ll soon be moving into your next home.
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