Don't Be Left Out in the Cold When Selling Your Home
Are you a seller planning to list your home this winter? Well, there are several ways you can help prepare your home for the market in the cold winter months.
Depending on your location, selling your home in the winter is not the same as selling in the spring and summer months. So, what are some tips you can do as a seller to spruce your home up in the winter months?
#1 Stage Your Home for Winter.
Staging your home for the winter means doing your best to create a snug and cozy vibe. Some buyers may want to visualize snuggling up to a cozy fireplace. Use throw blankets and pillows, warm scents like cinnamon and clove, and put away any out-of-season items.
#2 Focus on Lighting.
Winter months have different natural lighting because the sun sets earlier, so there may be less natural lighting for photographs and for showings. Have extra lamps on, and make sure blinds are kept open and windows clean to help bring in more natural light.
#3 Keep the Seasonal Decor to a Minimum.
Don’t go overboard with winter decorations; keep it simple and understated. Make your home inviting and cared for, which is emotionally appealing to many buyers.
Be sure to keep the house at a comfortable temperature. No one likes to walk into a freezing home - or one that’s WAY too HOT! Keep the temperature comfortable during showings so buyers are not distracted by the cold or heat.
#5 Make Sure You Clean Up.
Make sure the property's exterior is clear of debris, leaves, etc., so your home is inviting with excellent curb appeal. In fact, studies have shown that psychologically, 50% of home buyers make a subconscious decision about your home, and whether or not they are interested in it BEFORE they even get out of the car! So, curb appeal matters!
It is always a good idea to check the HVAC is working properly.
If you would like more tips and information on selling during the winter, feel free to contact my team and I so we can help. There’s no cost or obligation on your part. We are happy to help!
Whether you want to sell your existing home, buy your first home, upsize, downsize, purchase a vacation home, or just talk about options, a real estate professional is your best source for information based on current trends in our area. If you're interested in learning more about the 2023 real estate forecast, don't hesitate to reach out - we're happy to help!