Thursday, December 8, 2011

6 Tips to Selling Your Home During the Winter Months

If your home will be for sale over the winter months, it's important to address those issues that occur more often during this time of year than any other.

  1. Shine on:  This should be happening regardless what time of year it is, but with the shorter and often cloudy days during the winter months, it's even more important.  Turn on every single light in the house, including closets, pantries, and hallways.  Don't forget the outdoor porch and patio lights as well.
  2. Keep it clear:  No one wants to climb over huge snow drifts or drudge through 3 feet of snow to get to the front door.  Shovel your driveway and keep a clear path from the driveway to the front door.
  3. Welcome mat:  Have a mat or an area rug by the front door for visitors to wipe their feet.  Provide disposable slippers and a bench to make it even easier to remove or put on their shoes or boots.
  4. Keep odors at bay:  Homes tend to get stuffier during the winter months, which can be a turn-off to buyers if the odors build up.  Clean more frequently, change the litter box every day, and avoid strong cooking odors.
  5. Look festive:  Enjoy the holiday decorations...many buyers find them welcoming and it can help make the home look cheerful during the winter months.
  6. Keep it comfy:  There's no need to overheat buyers, since most will be walking through with their coats on anyway.  Keep the temperature at 65-68 degrees for showings.

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