Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter

Selling a home can be a difficult task, but even more so in the cold winter months.  Not everyone has the luxury of waiting until the warm days of spring or summer to put the “For Sale” sign in their front yard.  Because you will have fewer buyers during the winter months, it is important that the staging of the home is top notch, so as to make the best impression to those that see it. The following are a few tips to help you sell your house, rain or shine, wind or snow:

  • Even though the front of your home isn’t as green and blooming as the warmer months, it is still important to keep it looking cleaned up. Similar to how you’d keep the front yard mowed in the summer, keep your driveway and front walk clear or debris, snow and ice during the winter months.  If you don’t make it easy for potential buyers to get into your home, chances are they won’t make the effort. 
  • Keeping your house warm is one of the most important things you can do when showing your home during the winter months.  A warm home gives cozy, welcoming, and homey vibes to those going through your home.  If you are home before the showing, it may even pay off to light a fire in the fireplace to play up the homey appeal.
  • Take advantage of your home’s appeal in the natural light by showing your home during daylight hours.  This can be more difficult as the days are shorter during the winter months, but having a potential buyer see your home in the daylight is crucial.  Consider holding longer weekend open houses to give as many people as possible the chance to see your home during the day.
  • When selling your house, no matter what time of year, it is important to keep your home clean.  This is especially important during the winter as windows and doorways can easily become dirty due to increased rainfall, wind and snow.  Prior to each showing, make sure to do a quick pickup, vacuum and sweeping, concentrating on high traffic areas to ensure that your home is in good condition to show potential buyers.
  • Make it festive.  Use the warmth of the holidays, scents of the season and outdoor foliage to make your home more appealing.  While you’ll want to take down holiday décor once Christmas is over, you can still accent your doors, mantles and tables with winter wreaths, pine cones, and other dried arrangements.  Light scented candles, have cookies baking in the oven and have warm cider or hot chocolate to offer those who come see your home.  All of these things make your home more appealing and leave potential buyers with positive feelings regarding your home.

Contact your local home appraisal ct for more ideas regarding selling your home in the winter months.