Here are some ways to get the best of winter when selling your home:
Remember the outdoors: The front of the home is one of the first impressions a buyer gets. Be sure to keep the yard maintained and the walkways clear.
Provide Convenient Parking: Buyers prefer not to walk too far in cold weather. If it’s wet or snowy leave a decorative rug so your prospective buyer can wipe their feet.
Turn on the Lights: Tackle winter’s short and cloudy days by having the lights on. When you have a showing, turn on every single light in the house, even in closets and the garage. Leave blinds and curtains open to let light shine in. Keeping lights on towards the front of the house helps people to notice your home better when driving by. Encourage daytime showings whenever possible.
Keep Odors Under Control: It’s easy for homes to get stuffy when it’s too cold to open windows. The less air circulates, the harder it is to eliminate pet or cooking odors. Be sure to let the thermostat run during the day to keep air moving, which leads to the next tip…
Don’t Cook the Buyers: The temperature should be set around 65 degrees to avoid making your buyers overheat. This is a comfortable temperature for buyers as they walk through your home. In most cases buyers will leave their coats on during the walk through so it shouldn’t be too hot.
Incorporate a Festive Look: Appropriate decorations can give a home a cheerful look. However, it is important not to go overboard! Just a few tasteful touches can go a long way. Once the holiday is over it is best to remove the decorations.