Selling your home in the winter can sometimes have both its advantages and challenges. Often the winter is great as it can be a season where more of the buyers are more active and serious as they may need to move more than they just want to. Sometimes challenges of winter weather can impose some hurdles, but being prepared can make these less severe. Here are 6 tips for what you can do while you sell this winter.
1. Keep the home warm – You don’t need to keep the heat necessarily cranked 24/7, but be sure your home is set to an ambient temperature for any open houses or showings. You don’t want buyers shivering or thinking your home may often be drafty and cold.
2. Trim the trees – Pruning trees and hedges to allow for a clear path to your home is always best. Avoid having snowy limbs get in the way of prospective buyers trying to make it to the front door. Do a solid fall clean up so your yard is free of branches and leaves where it appears well kept throughout winter. If snow arrives you can even consider providing exterior photos of the home during the prime warmer months.
3. Dealing with weather conditions – Be sure to clear your driveway and walkways of any snow and ice for your showings. Get out the shovels and salt so that every prospective buyer can safely enter your home.
4. Showcase the fireplace – If your home is equipped with a fireplace then it is a prime season to showcase the amenity. Make it a focal point with a fresh stack of wood for those wood burning fireplaces. For gas fireplaces, these can easily be turned on for showings.
5. Add an element of comfort – There are many ways to get creative for some warmth in your home’s ambience. Here are just a few ideas:
-Add throw blankets to your couch
-Add some decorative candles
-Baking pies or cookies for the smell
-Add soft relaxing music
-Offer coffee or hot chocolate for open houses
-Turn back the comforters
6. Lighting – Winter comes with shorter, darker days. Be sure your home is well lit in every room and every corner. Use warm bulbs as opposed to harsh colder lights and be sure all lights are on for every showing. Keep window treatments wide open during daytime showings as well!