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Selling Your Home in the Winter

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By : Carlos Montes    99 or more times read
While winter months are not traditionally the time for buyers to be knocking down your door with an offer, it is still a good time to sell, if you have the right tools and techniques.

Creating a welcoming sight on a cold day is paramount. From a safe (snow-free) walkway to a wreath on your front door, winter curb appeal has many facets most of them warm and cozy.

Here are a few more ideas to get the offers coming in:

  • Make sure the trees and bushes in both your front and back yards are trimmed, with all leaves raked and gone.

  • Sprinkle sand on the sidewalk to prevent realtors and buyers from slipping.

  • If the weather is rainy, have a cheery Welcome mat at the front door, and a container for wet umbrellas.

  • Wash your windows - shows pride in ownership.

  • Keep the blinds open to let as much light in as possible.

  • Turn the heat on to a comfortable level. If you have a gas fireplace, turn it on as well to create a welcoming and cozy atmosphere.

  • It's a tried and true suggestion bake something the day of the showing for a homey aroma. Chocolate chip cookies are #1, or fresh bread.

  • Use your good china and silver to set the dining room table, as if welcoming guests.

  • Keep your holiday decorating to a minimum. Buyers want to imagine how they can make the room festive, once they buy the home.

  • Set lights on timers if your home will be shown in the evening. Also have motion sensor lights in the yard to show safety measures.

  • Place a cozy duvet or two on the beds and fold them back slightly.

  • Fill vases with winter flowers to add color.

  • Make sure every light bulb in the house works as planned to showcase your home.

  • Play relaxing music softly, such as classical or quiet jazz.

  • Be cautious when using scented candles or room sprays. Many people are allergic to fragrances.

  • Ensure winter musty smells are not present. Air out drapes or have carpets cleaned.

  • Remove signs of pets, including their odors. Have a realtor or friend tell you if they can smell pets. You are usually immune to the scents.

  • Buy disposable paper booties for people to use as they tour your home.
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