Thinking of selling your home this winter? There are actually some benefits to selling at this time of year because there are fewer homes on the market, so your home will get more attention from buyers. Winter is also a great time to sell because the buyers who are looking to purchase are motivated.
To make your home really stand out from the competition during the colder months, here are 3 tips you can use to make your home more appealing to buyers:
1. Winter Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is just as important in the winter as it is in the warmer months. First, make sure all fall leaves and branches are cleaned up. When it snows, make sure all walkways, entryways, and the driveway are shoveled. Make sure to treat surfaces with a de-icing product because the last thing you want is a potential buyer to slip on a walkway before they even go inside Don’t make them climb over snow banks or walk through slush. Clear the entry areas around your home to make it easy for buyers to get around.
2. Increase Lighting
The days are shorter during these months, so be sure to have extra lights on during the day and the evening as well. Use higher-wattage bulbs and keep drapes and shades open to allow more natural light into the home. Make sure outdoor lamps are on and use spotlights on landscape features you want highlighted. Path lights are another way you can brighten up walkways.
3. Turn up the Heat
Homeowners often turn the heat down in the winter months to save money. Home sellers should turn the heat up to make it more comfortable for buyers. It doesn’t have to be tropical in the home, as buyers will probably have their coats on during the showing, but you want the home to be warm and inviting. If the home is too cold buyers won’t want to stay and look at all your home has to offer.
If you’re selling your home in the winter, you’ll need to be a little more patient. Selling the home may take a little longer for a couple of reasons. People have hectic schedules during the holidays and the weather will play a factor as well, so you may not have as many viewings as you first expected.