Selling a home in the winter can pose some challenges. Lawns aren’t as green and tidy, and the chilly weather can make it more of a trek for buyers to view homes for sale.
HomeLight, a real estate referral company, surveyed 500 real estate professionals in the fourth quarter of 2019 to find out their top advice when prepping a home to show during the winter months.
Nearly 30% of agents advised always making sure driveways and sidewalks were clear prior to showing appointments. Twenty-four percent said let as much natural light flow inside to warm up interiors, and 18% stressed the importance to amp up the coziness factor during wintertime showings.
To help make the home feel more cozy, some real estate pros suggest turning up the heat during showings. “You don’t want buyers getting chilly, or have them commenting on how drafty your house feels at every turn,” HomeLight says in its study.
Also, protect the house by making a space for buyers to hang wet coats and to place their shoes, such as with a boot tray beside the door to protect any wood floors, real estate pros suggest.