Winter isn't the most popular season for home sales, but the market is still active in the colder months. Here are some tips to make your property shine for the winter home buyers:
- Keep pathways clear
First impressions are everything, and snow and ice are dangerous hazards. Shovel sidewalks, your driveway and front steps and de-ice them. Ensure that pathways to your home are well lit.
- Schedule showings for daylight hours
Winter daylight hours offer less time for taking advantage of natural light. If you can't schedule showings during daylight hours, brighten your home with interior lighting. Warning: bright winter sunlight can draw attention to dirty windows - so keep them clean.
- Think 'cozy'
Turn up the thermostat during showings so visitors will feel the warmth of your home. Create ambience by using features such as gas fireplaces and wood stoves. Accent your home with soft throws, duvets and pillows. Play low, soothing music such as jazz or classical.
- Use natural scents
Avoid scenting your home with products with a chemical odour, such as artificial room fresheners and cleaning solutions. Air out your home and clean or dispose of odour-causing rugs and other fabrics. Employ natural fragrances that feed the imagination and appetite. Examples include freshly baked bread, cookies, cinnamon, apple pie and vanilla.
- Ask visitors to remove footwear
Showing pride in your home suggests to potential buyers that it is clean and properly maintained.
- Showcase your winter assets
Does your home and surrounding green space look picture-perfect in the snowy winter months? Do the trees in front of your home bare a beautiful view this time of year? Other assets, including proximity to main driving arteries in icy or stormy driving conditions, can also add value to your home.