As real estate agents and homeowners, we usually think of spring and fall as primetime to put your home on the market due to the traditional means of home searches. However, that does not mean that winter cannot be an ideal time to sell your home. Thanks to online websites and mobile apps, it has become very easy to browse homes for sale from virtually anywhere, rather than depending on foot traffic and word of mouth.
Winter can be a great time to sell your home because the market is generally less saturated than other seasons of the year. Buyers are also less likely to scrutinize things like landscaping and the external appearance of your home during the winter due to snow, ice, and other elements.
These benefits aside, there are a few things that you can do to make sure your home has the best odds of selling during the winter. Here are a few of our top tips if you’re thinking of listing your home this season.
Accessibility is Vital
If potential home buyers are coming to your house for a viewing, you want to make sure all of your entrances are fully accessible. If there has recently been snow or ice, make sure to clear the driveway, sidewalks, front porch, and any other areas that visitors may need to access. Don’t forget about back doors, garage doors, and any other access points that the home buyers may want to check out.
If you are no longer living at your home, make sure you are paying attention to the weather and keeping up on accessibility. If you’re living in a market where lockboxes are used, your home could be shown at any time, so you want to make sure it’s always safe and ready for potential buyers.
Keep it Warm
Walking into a cold home is less than inviting, which is not the first impression you want for your potential home buyers. If you know that you have a showing or an open house coming up, make sure the heat is turned on and the house is at a comfortable temperature. This will make the home feel warm and inviting to visitors as they come in from the chilly outdoors.
Highlight Winter Features
The winter season is the perfect time of year to show off the features that you love to use during the colder months. If you have a fireplace in your living room, have it lit as visitors walk through your home. Not only will it add to the warm ambiance, but it will highlight features a buyer may have potentially missed.
If you have a real fireplace rather than a gas or electric, be sure to discuss the use of the fireplace with your agent before an open house or showing to avoid any issues. It is important that it is properly cleaned ahead of time, and you are prepared with kindling and logs to keep the fire roaring.
Don’t Forget the Outdoors
It is easy to have home buyers tour your yard to view your outdoor features during the summer months but can often be forgotten when it is cold or snowy out. This can be an important selling point for many buyers, so it is essential not to miss it.
Even if your buyers do not want to physically tour the grounds to view your outdoor features, be sure they are either visible from inside or marketed obviously. If you have a deck, patio, or outdoor pool, make sure they are cleared off so that potential buyers know what is included with the property.
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If you follow these helpful tips, you can quickly move to your desired location. Contact Wendy Gimpel today to get your home listed and begin the journey to find your new home!