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
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.
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
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
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
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.