Moving is stressful, that is a given, but moving during the winter months makes that stress even more stressful!A lot of people wait until spring to list their homes for sale but there are some who have to make their move during the cold, dark, snow filled days of winter – it is to those of you that our blog today is for. We found a great online article written by Dana Dratch of Bankrate.com. In her article Dana addresses 13 tips for presenting your home for sale at its best in the winter. Her tips are:
2.Keep your home “warm, cozy and homey” –potential buyers who come into your home and are not comfortable will not stay long.
3.Make the most of the natural light you have –make sure curtains and blinds are clean and open them as wide as possible during daytime showings – install light bulbs into fixtures with the highest wattage that they will safely accommodate – make sure all lights are on for showings.
4.Wash your windows – in winter, strong southern light can reveal grime and can make a home look like it isn’t well maintained.
5.Play soft music in the background – this creates a warm atmosphere and is soothing for potential buyers.
6.Make your home feel comfortable and cozy – putting a warm throw on the sofa or folding back the comforter on the bed can help “set the scene” and help the buyers see themselves living in your home.
7.Emphasize the winter positives of your home – be sure your Realtor® mentions to potential buyers if your home is on a street that is plowed or de-iced regularly in bad weather (i.e., if your home is on a bus route).
8.Install timers on lights both inside and outside your home - this way, your house will look inviting even when you are not home to turn on the lights.
9.Make your home “festive” – First impressions are extremely powerful – set the table with the good china and silverware - you may consider putting out a plate of cookies and some bottled water for potential buyers.
10.Give your home a nice aroma – the number one favourite smell is chocolate chip cookies – however, don’t overdo the smell in the house as this can have potential buyers thinking ‘What are they trying to cover-up?”
11.Protect your home – You may want to post a small sign in your foyer asking buyers who are viewing your home to kindly remove their wet footwear, this indicates to buyers that you have pride of ownership and that you care about your home.
12.Use the season to your advantage – in the winter the leaves are off the trees which may show off the view from your home which may not be as apparent in the spring and summer.
13.Consider your area – In some parts of the country, such as ski areas, winter weather can actually be a selling point.
To read Dana Dratch’s full article, click here.
Until next time,