Winter is the worst time for selling your home, they say. The icy sidewalks and frigid temperatures make the house hunting process unappealing to most buyers. In addition, houses can look drab and dull in the bleak winter light. Because of this, most sellers choose to wait until spring before putting their homes in the market.
Sure, selling your home in winter can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Follow these tips to make your home stand out and particularly appealing, even in a challenging season.
Start with the exterior
Most buyers will decide whether or not they like your home in a matter of seconds. Make sure your home looks attractive from the outside so as to make a good first impression. No matter how beautiful your interiors are, home buyers won’t be interested to look inside if the exterior looks unkempt and disorganized.
Staging your home’s exterior makes it more appealing to potential buyers. Add some holiday cheer into your home by hanging a wreath on the door. You may also hang lanterns or string Christmas lights on an outdoor tree to create holiday magic. Most importantly, keep walkways and sidewalks free from snow and ice.
Get your home in peak condition
Although there are typically fewer buyers during the winter, majority of them are serious buyers. These buyers will be scrutinizing every aspect of your home. Make sure your home is in great shape before listing your home for sale. Take care of home repairs such as leaky taps, peeling paint, unfinished DIY jobs and other issues.
Keep the heating on
If you have a fireplace, then go ahead and light a fire to welcome your guests. Having a cozy, crackling fire will help keep buyers warm and comfortable while looking at the house. To ensure that your home is warm enough, turn the heat back up at least an hour before they arrive. A well-heated home will put buyers at ease, knowing that your heating system is working efficiently.