Posted on: 27 January 2017
While it's generally recognized that the spring and summer seasons of the year are the undisputed prime selling time, it may not always be possible to wait until then to put your home on the market. Selling your home on a beautiful spring day may be an attractive idea, but there is much you can do to ensure that your home is at its best, even with snow on the ground. Read on for some quick and easy tips to ensure that your home looks its best, no matter the temperature.
1. On the positive side of winter home sales, since so many wait until the sunny days of spring to put their home on the market, you could face a lot less potential competition from other available homes.
2. Make your home safe and easily accessible for potential buyers by keeping the driveway, walkways, porches, steps, deck, etc, free of snow and ice. Be sure not to neglect the back steps; your buyer will probably want to check out your back yard regardless of the season.
3. Be sure to have the heat on for a showing, even if you have already moved out of the home. No one wants to shiver through a showing, and you want to keep it comfortable enough for the buyer to linger and fall in love with your home. You can use some remote apps to turn the heat on a few hours before the agent arrives with your buyer, or just ask the agent to arrive ahead of time to turn it on.
4. Showcase your home's assets. If you have a fireplace to show off, now is the time. The cozy glow of a fire on a cold day not only warms the room but looks homey and allows the buyer to imagine themselves snuggled up to it. Make sure that there are no unwelcome surprises by having your fireplace serviced ahead of time and by keeping some kindling and logs handy.
5. The old advice about baking some cookies before a buyer arrives works even better in the wintertime. The aroma of warm baked goods puts buyers in a relaxed and happy mood and ready to buy.
6. Even if you are not too fond of the view out on your back deck in the wintertime, buyers will want to know what's out there, so open the drapes or blinds, and take some care in displaying some weather resistant chairs and tables.
7. Make sure you turn on enough lights, especially lamps, to brighten the spaces on those dark and dreary days. If possible (and safe), some lit candles offer a hint of warmth and smell wonderful.
To get more ideas about marketing your home, no matter what the season, talk to your real estate agent.