Showing your Home in Winter? Shopping for a Holyday Tree?

6 tips for showing your home in winter

6 tips for showing your home in winter

Winter isn’t the most popular season for home sales, but the market is still active in colder months. Follow these simple tips to make your property shine for winter home buyers.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Ask visitors to remove footwear
    Showing pride in your home suggests to potential buyers that it is clean and properly maintained.
  6. 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.

 

Shopping for a holiday tree?

Shopping for a holiday tree?

Under ideal conditions, a fresh cut tree can last up to two weeks in your home. Follow these tips for choosing and maintaining a fresh holiday tree:

  • Buy from a reputable tree seller.
  • Inspect fresh trees by lightly shaking them or pulling on the needles. A fresh tree should hold its needles and show no signs of browning.
  • Make a fresh cut in the bottom of your tree when you get home. Secure it into a sturdy base that contains water.
  • Always keep the end of your tree just below the water line to prevent it from drying out. Check water levels often.
  • Place the tree away from furnace vents, fireplaces, radiators and heat-generating appliances, including televisions.
  • Decorate with energy-saving lights that give off little heat; unplug all tree lights before going to bed or leaving your home unattended.
Madeleine Rodriguez

Madeleine Rodriguez

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage*
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