Many homeowners give up on the idea of selling during the winter months, in turn causing buyers to “take a break” from looking until spring. Selling and buying in the winter can be advantageous to both parties. There is generally less competition for both buyers and sellers – this doesn’t necessarily mean you will net less for your home! Buyers that continue to look while others hibernate from their search can be more willing to put their best foot forward on the home that’s right for them. If you’re planning on selling this winter, here are some tips for showings and open houses:
Shovel and Salt. We can’t stress this one enough. Be sure to shovel a wide, clear path to your front door and use a generous amount of salt, sand (or kitty litter!) to prevent slips and falls. Also be sure to place a large mat inside the front door to prevent winter boots from leaving a mess in the entryway.
Seasonal decorations. Simple is best. Tidy string lights, a decorative wreath and holiday planters are all welcoming without being distracting to potential buyers.
Highlight cozy features of your home. Create an inviting space for potential buyers, particularly in the living room, den or bedrooms. If you have a fireplace, be sure to make that the focal point of the room.
Showcase your backyard oasis, even when everything is covered in snow! Find pictures of your landscaped yard, gardens, patio furniture and decks ready to entertain guests, which helps potential buyers visualize enjoying the same atmosphere during warmer months.
The 2Steps2Home Team is connected with local home stagers and photographers that will make your home shine. We are here to help you get started on preparing your home for sale, and to find you your next dream home – contact us today!