Selling Your Home in the Winter- By: Carlos Montes
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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