PREPARE YOUR HOME TO SELL IN WINTER
The market does slow as the mercury falls, so follow these tips to make home stand out
Winter is creeping up on us and plans to stick around for the next several months, and while it’s true that home sales drop between now and March, homes are still bought and sold yearround.
In addition to having a clean home in good repair, here are several tips to ensure you home is seen in the best light during the dark winter months.
CLEAR ICE AND SNOW FROM YOUR DRIVEWAY, PATIO AND SIDEWALKS
First impressions count. Many people will judge a house based solely on the drive-by exterior of the home. A home with a wellshovelled sidewalk will appear to be better taken care of and tidier than a home with a poorly shovelled or unshovelled sidewalk and driveway. It is the winter equivalent of an untended lawn.
Make sure to shovel all exterior walkable spaces. A snow-covered patio is not distinguishable from a snow-covered lawn.
While this may seem obvious, many don’t shovel their driveways or walkways as common practice.
When you are trying to sell, it is advisable to shovel right down to the concrete or deck.
Shovel it off to show it off. If they can’t see it, they won’t buy it.
DITCH THE WINDOW FILM AND DRAFT STOPPERS
I get it, your windows are aluminum sliders and they aren’t exactly airtight. While adding the plastic film around your windows helps keep the chilly winter draft out, it really draws attention to a problem area of your home instead of drawing attention to the positive ones.
Same thing goes for the adorable draft stoppers you have tucked under the door — they just scream drafty house.
While you don’t want to hide problem areas, you also don’t want to make them a focal point.
Keep the buyer’s eye on the positive aspects of your home.
TURN UP THE HEAT
In this day and age of carbon levies you may have your thermostat set to nearly frigid temperatures while no one is at home.
This cost-saving measure is great, but when that last-minute showing comes through they aren’t going to feel how warm and inviting your home is, they will only feel how cold their feet are and often just hurry to get out.
There are some new Wi-Fi connected thermostats that allow you to adjust your heat remotely from anywhere you have an internet connection, but if you don’t have one then just leave the temperature at a comfortable level while you are trying to sell your house.
You want the buyers to stay in the house long enough to fall in love with it, and that is worth a couple of extra bucks on your heating bill.
SET THE STAGE
Staging a home can help it to sell faster, and often for more money. If professional staging isn’t in the budget, there are things you can do to set the ‘stage’ in your home.
For example, set out decorative cosy throws on the couch with a couple glasses of wine in front of the fireplace. Make the master bath look like a spa with fluffy towels and candles. Set the dining room table with your good china for either a romantic dinner for two or a large family gathering to show off the space.
Winter slows home sales, but paying attention to staging details to help your home stand out from the crowd.