You might think that it's ideal to sell your house and move during the summer, especially with all the holidays at the end of the year, but never overlook the advantages of selling your home in the winter.
Few things are more welcoming during a cold winter than a warm, inviting home that shows off the fireplace and holiday decorations. Especially if your house is tucked soundly into a bank of glistening white snow.
But with the choice of selling during the winter, comes the responsibility to make sure you're ready for guests.
Watch Your Step
When it comes to holiday decorations, remember that sometimes less is more. Also, it's important to ensure that your yard and walkways are clean and serviceable. Fall leaves should be raked from the yard and snow should be cleared from any thoroughfares. Salting these areas for safety is also important and shows that you care about potential buyers.
Tidiness is important to potential homebuyers so try to find a balance. Remember, your buyers may not even celebrate the holidays so overdoing it could be considered a turnoff. Put a new welcome mat under the front door and a wreath on it for a special touch.
But You Can't See My Yard!
Trimming outdoor trees is important, especially if snow, wind or ice could knock limbs down onto your house. Not only would this be an eyesore, it could potentially cost you money.
Furthermore, it's good to keep toys, bicycles, and sleds out of the front yard. Sure it shows that the house is lived in and enjoyable, but it also gives off the impression of clutter.
Stoke the Fireplace
As I mentioned earlier, make sure the house is nice and warm. If buyers walk into your house only to find the inside is barely warmer than the outside, you'll find they don't stay around long enough to see what you have to offer. If you have a fireplace, it's important to have it burning as it provides potential buyers with positive emotional and physical responses.
And finally, it's the little things that set the mood. Playing holiday music with the smell of pumpkin in the air—you can use candles—arouses the senses and further entices people to come in.
Remember, few things are more comforting that walking into a room and being able to look out and see the snow (curtains open; windows clean) while you warm yourself by the fire and eat homemade cookies. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.
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