selling a home in the winter

Selling a House in the Winter


Winter selling to stay ahead of the competition

Although most homes sell in the warmer months, lots of  homeowners do decide for different reasons to market their homes in the winter. There are many advantages (discussed in a previous post). If you are going to sell this winter, I have some tips for you that will help your home show well and grab the attention of possible purchasers. Here’s how to prepare for selling your home in the winter:

Baby it’s cold outside

Fend off the cold outside with comfort inside your home. Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature – maybe higher than you usually keep it.

Add insulation or caulking to remove cold drafts.

If it snows, make certain to shovel all outside paths, and sprinkle some sidewalk salt to keep them from getting icy.

Stage your home with “cozy” in mind. Put a throw blanket on the living room sofa and a rug on bare flooring. If you have a gas fireplace, turn it on for all showings and open houses.

Replace burned-out light bulbs and add add lighting to dark areas. A bright interior will help your home really feel cozy and inviting even in the gloomier months when the weather is unpleasant and the days are short. A table or floor lamp supplies a very easy way to cheer up an area. Throughout the day, make the most of all-natural light by keeping blinds and other window coverings open.

Enthusiasm starts at the curb

Without the greenery of spring and summer, backyards and various other outside areas look much less welcoming. Make these spaces look their best.

Think about keeping patio furniture on deck on show how exterior spaces can be used in warmer weather. Include a patio heating unit or firepit to heat up the location.

Do not disregard exterior planters just because it’s freezing. Remove any type of dried-up plants and change them with seasonal fillers, such as an evergreen, a package of birch logs or any other seasonal exterior decor.

Make your home a lot more welcoming to prospective purchasers with lots of cozy outdoor lights. Consider a motion-sensing light above the garage, and see to it that outside wall lights are functioning and looking their best.

Line your sidewalk with solar lights for a bright and welcoming impression.

Some other ideas for winter showings

  • Have your heating system serviced and cleaned.
  • Set up an area for visits to put shoes and boots and layers of clothes – scarfs, gloves, mittens and hats.
  • Place mats outside and inside the front and back doors. Keep a rag or old towel handy to wipe up any melted snow.

The sport of winter selling

Selling your home during the winter season takes some extra initiative, yet the difficulties don’t need to be frustrating. With forethought and planning, you can present your home in its best light, and sell it while all of your competition waits for the first light of spring.