Sell Your Home in the Winter

Posted: December 7, 2011 in General Information, Sellers
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You might be thinking about selling your home but think that it might sell better in the Spring. Think again. Aside from a few winter challenges your home has a higher percentage of being sold in the winter than in the spring. Buyers looking at homes in December or January are serious about closing a sale. Here are some tips to help you make the most of winter.

Turn on the lights – With the days being shorter it’s important to turn on as many lights as possible while a showing is going on at your house. Open the blinds and the curtains to allow for maximum natural light to enter. Make sure all the bulbs are working and that you have some spare ones at hand so that you can replace a burned up bulb right away.

Convenient parking – It’s vital that clients have a convenient place to park. Ensure that the driveway and sidewalks are free from snow and ice. Make it easy for the buyers to take their shoes or boots off by placing a matt at the front door and a chair or bench.

Odour guard – Homes are always more stuffy in the winter and tend to keep odours lingering longer so be sure to air out the home on a regular basis as odours can be a major deterrent for buyers. Pet odours can be especially worrisome in the winter. You can use fragrance but don’t overdo it. It’s preferable to just clean more often. Instead of changing the kitty litter every 3 or 4 days clean it every day. Using the fan on your furnace will keep the air circulating. Avoid cooking strong odour foods such as fish or curry as the odour will linger and especially on showing days.

 Festive Decorating – Christmas and Valentine’s Day decorating is fine but don’t go to excess and be sure to remove the decoration after the holiday. Leaving a few small white lights sprung on the bushes over the winter season is fine and it will add a warmer feeling and brightness to your home in colder and darker months, but dangling lights or other outside decorations should be removed once the holiday passes.

Mind the Thermostat – We all have specific temperature preference during the winter months, but avoid blasting the potential buyers with excessive heat. Remember that most of them will keep their coats on as they view your home. Keep the temperature at a comfortable 18C for all showings.

Winter storage – Making space in the front hall closet for coats, boots, gloves, mittens, scarves and hats can be a challenge. Stackable containers can be a great help or a decorative chest where the smaller items can be stored away. Mats for boots are a must to avoid salt stains on the floors and carpets. Don’t clutter stairways or back doors with boots and coats find an area out of the way of traffic. A coat rack at the bottom of the basement stairs might work or at the end of the laundry room could work also. The inconvenience is temporary.

Day Time Showings – Make your home available for daytime showings as much as possible to take advantage of daylight hours. Best results are between 9am and 3pm.

Marketing a home during the winter months does offer special challenges but the benefits far outweigh them. Buyers who are looking to purchase a home in the winter months are quite serious about closing a purchase. Therefore, the sellers tend to benefit with less showings and more serious offers but also less competition which is a major benefit.

Seller or Buyer…Call Dale Dyer…today for your FREE Home Evaluation or visit www.WhatsMyCambridgeHomeWorth.com or www.WhatsMyKWHomeWorth.com

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