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Tips To Get Your Home Sold In The Fall And Winter Months
Dated: September 18 2019
Buying and selling spikes in spring and summer. However, it isn't impossible to sell your home during fall and winter. You can do a lot to help your home feel welcoming and bright to a potential buyer. Included are some great tips to get your home solddurnign the cold winter months?
Show Buyers What it looks like durning the spring and Summer
Showcase what your home has to offer by giving potential buyers the opportunity to see the home during other months of the year, by providing a photos album to view durning the tour, and adding seasonal photos to your virtual tour.
Get 5-Star Curb Appeal to Enhance the Outdoor Experince
Leaf- and snow-covered sidewalks can make a perfectly nice home look sloppy and poorly maintained. Use a leaf blower daily to keep leaves, branches, and outdoor dirt off the walkways, and do your best to keep the yard clear of leaves, too.
Add fresh mulch to garden beds so they look their best.
Rinse loose dirt from your home’s siding one last time before the temperature drops.
"Another challenge for buyers in the fall and winter is that everything usually looks dull and unwelcoming, as homes are wintering. The lot lines are not as visible covered with snow and leaves, so it’s difficult to get a sense of the outdoor space unless it is clearly defined.Define property boundaries with brightly colored flags tied to stakes, and place them at the four corners of your property.
If it's snowy, keep the deck shoveled and salted so buyers can walk outside to experience the space. If the climate allows, keep outdoor furniture on your patio so they can get a better feel for the outdoor living space.
Light is your best friend
Open blinds, and curtains, so there’s minimal window coverage. The windows will look bigger, and it’ll encourage daylight to flow into your space.
Use hardwoods to your advantage. In my experience, nothing shows off a home better than daylight bouncing off beautiful hardwood floors. Remove unnecessary area rugs to maximize the effect.
Bring in extra floor lamps. Add them to rooms with dark corners to create a warmer setting.
Consider investing in landscape lighting, since visitors touring during the late afternoon or evening will have a much different experience than visitors who tour a home earlier in the day. Outdoor lighting accessories will amplify your home’s appeal, so consider solar lights lining a walkway, motion-activated spotlights, and landscape spotlights.
Remove screens or lift the screens from the lower view from the windows to allow more natural light to flow into your home and clean the windows. Be sure to let potential buyers know you will replace the screens.
Spend Time on Basic Home Maintenance
Check window seals and doors for drafts. A drafty window is most noticeable on a cold day, so take extra efforts to weather seal and insulate around windows and doors.
Have the furnace or boiler maintained prior to putting your house on the market on a cold day, buyers will make sure the systems are in good shape. Be a step ahead by having your maintenance team leave a sticker or magnet marking the date of the last inspection to add peace of mind for buyers.
Swap out the HVAC filter to help reduce any odors or fall allergens in the home.
Check for spiderwebs – everywhere.
If the walls look dingy or dated, refresh the look of a room with a $25 can of satin or eggshell.
Listing your home this winter
There are plenty of benefits to listing your home in the colder, winter months (November-March). To get the best price for your home and to sell it faster to a highly qualified buyer, consider the tips above and don’t forget to reach out to your local real estate agent (us!) to get the most value out of selling your home… now and any other time of the year.
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