Winter is never anyone’s favorite time of the year to be selling a home. From the inclimate weather to the busy holiday schedule it is tough to overcome these challenges. For those who need to sell their homes in this gloomy season, there are several easy tips on how to beat the winter blues and make a recipe for success. A good realtor can guide you through these valuable steps so that your home sells in the appropriate amount of time.
Good Photography – While you want to show current photos that are representational of the season when the home was listed, you may also want to consider making additional summertime photos available to show buyers the true potential of the home. Should heavy snowfall or other other seasonal effects keep from viewing lush landscaping this can assist with giving buyers an idea of the outdoor beauty who don’t have that vision.
Weather-Proof the House – Try to identify things that may happen as a result of the weather. Is there a slow leak in the roof or is there a puddle in the walkway that always freezes? Any of the larger issues are always best to fix before listing the home for sale. Gather estimates and see what makes sense to repair first and what makes sense to negotiate as part of the sale.
Keep the Front Door Clear – Always keep the front walkway clear of snow, easily accessible and well lit. Make sure you are always having buyers enter the home through a nice entryway or foyer as opposed to through a side door or garage. You want to give them the best first impression whenever possible.
Make your Open Houses Warm and Inviting – When prospective buyers come in from the cold, make sure you warm them up with the right environment and feel. As the days are shorter and darker the right interior lighting is definitely key. Making booties or slippers available at the front door also can make them more comfortable while touring the home. Want them to stay around longer? Fresh baked treats coupled with a warm drink like hot chocolate or cider are always a good reason to make yourself at home.