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SELLING YOUR HOME DURING THE WINTER
Selling your home is not an easy task, especially during the winter months. Your gardening is in bad shape, the weather is typically cold and wetter and unlike the summertime, the days are shorter...giving you less time to show your home to potential buyers.

 

When you sell your home during the winter, you will likely have fewer interested buyers. On the flip side, you'll likely have less competition from other sellers.

StarLoanServices.com has outlined some tips that will help you make your house stand out, making it easier for you to sell your home during the winter.

Clear snow and ice away
You don't want your buyers to have a hard time walking up your walkway, sidewalks and/or driveway. Remove the snow and ice as soon as it accumulates. Similarly to how you cut your grass during the summer, you want to make sure that your house look's taken care of. If you live in an area where there is a lot of snow, you may want to consider a snow removal service while your house is on the market.

Keep your home warm
Before any potential buyers visit, turn your thermostat up a few degrees so that your home is nice and cozy by the time they visit. Also, if you have a fireplace, turn it on or build a fire. This will help add some ambiance.

Utilize natural light
Make the most of the available natural light. Keep your curtains and blinds open. Make sure that all of your lamps and fixtures are free of dust and dirt. Replace any bulbs that are out. When you show your home, make sure all of the lights are turned on.

Wash all of the windows
Dirty windows are an eye soar and are easy to spot. To help enforce your up-keeping of your property, have your windows washed.

Play some soft music
Light, classical music will help add a relaxing, appealing atmosphere.

Set a comfortable and cozy scene
Put a throw on the sofa, buy some flowers for the kitchen, tidy up your entire house, etc.. This will help make any potential buyer feel at home. They will definitely envision themselves living in the house.

 

Highlight the positives of winter
This means mentioning the excellent street plowing service the community receives, the continuous delivery of mail by the United States Postal Service during winter weather as well as the non-interrupted removal of garbage.

Put your house lights on timers
It is very common for buyers to come by and re-visit your property just to look at during the night time hours. Make sure your home is illuminated, indoors and outdoors, even if you are not home.

Make your home inviting
Greet your visitors with some drinks and snacks.

Make sure your home smells nice
You can accomplish this by lighting some incense or oils. Be careful not to over-do it. You don't want your visitors to be overwhelmed by too strong of an aroma.

Look after your investment
It is common for sellers to request any potential buyers and realtors to remove their shoes and put on paper slippers before touring their home. Buyers like this. It exhibits cleanliness and more importantly, pride of ownership.

Add some seasonal decorations
Even if the holidays are over, you can continue to hang a wreath and some dried arrangements. This will create a nice vibe for your visitors.

In conclusion...
Selling your home is not going to be easy during the winter time. If you follow the tips and advice above, you will experience a more seamless process.


 

        

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