While listing a home during the winter months isn’t always a first choice for some home sellers, it does not mean it isn’t a great time to sell. Days are shorter, and there is often less competition on the market in comparison to the summer months – potentially making your home a great option for someone looking to move!
If you are considering putting your home on the market, here are a few tips for selling your home this winter.
Set the stage
It’s important to stage your home to showcase its best attributes — and this is true for any time of year you’re selling. Remember to address necessary upgrades or fixes your home might need. To set the stage in the wintertime, be sure to clear off the drive and walkways, and sprinkle a layer of salt or sand to help prevent future freezing. Inside, make sure your home is clutter-free by storing any unnecessary knick-knack and photographs.
Cozy it up
Since the days are shorter, it’s important to remember to let in the natural light. Consider removing some of the window treatments, or add extra floor lamps to enhance a warm and welcoming setting. Keep the home warm, perhaps by turning up the thermostat a degree or two if you typically keep it at a lower (cost-saving) degree. Another way to cozy up your home: bake cookies before a showing to perfume your house with a delicious scent, while creating a treat for potential buyers to take when they leave.
Do you have a new water heater, HVAC unit or components? Or does your home energy efficient upgrades? If so, this is the perfect thing to play up! Potential buyers will feel assured your home is winterized and well taken care of for the cold months ahead.
Lastly, consider adding printed cards to items and rooms to provide information the buyer might miss – like the door to the basement or garage, or to place emphasis on new hardware or features (like marble floors or upgraded chandeliers).
Are you in the market for a home this winter, or looking to list yours? If you have questions, we’ve got answers – and would love to help! Give us a call or drop us a line today.