The Mendosa-Balboni team knows that selling your home during the winter months can sometimes have both advantages and some challenges. The winter is great as it can be a time when buyers are more active and serious as they may “need” to move for various reasons. However, sometimes the winter weather can pose challenges, but being well prepared can make these easier to deal with. Here are 6 things that you can do if you plan on selling this winter.
Turn up the heat – You don’t need to keep the heat up all of the time, but be sure your home is comfortably warm for open houses and showings. You don’t want buyers to be chilly or feeling that the home may be drafty and cold.
Trim the trees – Trim back foliage to allow for a clear path to your home. There is nothing worse than having snowy limbs hinder prospective buyers from trying to make it to the front door. A thorough fall clean up is a good idea so that your yard is clear of branches and leaves so it appears tidy throughout winter. If snow arrives you can provide buyers with some exterior photos of the home during the prime warmer months to showcase outdoor space.
Managing weather conditions – Clear your driveway and all walkways of any snow and ice to allow for smooth showings. Use sand or salt so that every prospective buyer can safely enter the house.
Showcase the fireplace – If your home has a fireplace then there is no better time to show off the amenity. Make it a focal point with decor and add a fresh stack of wood if it is a wood burning fireplace. For gas fireplaces, try turning these on for all showings.
Add more warmth with decor – There are several other ways to get creative and add some warmth to your home. Here are just a few ideas:
-Add throw blankets to your couch
-Add some decorative candles
-Baking pies or cookies for the smell
-Add soft relaxing music
-Provide coffee or hot chocolate for open houses
-Turn back the comforters
Lighting – Winter season brings the shorter, darker days so make sure that your home is well lit in every room. Use warmer bulbs as opposed to harsh fluorescent lights and be sure they are all turned on for every buyer tour. Also, keep the window blinds wide open during daytime showings as well!