Selling a Home in Winter? Tips and Suggestions

If you're a homeowner who is thinking about selling your home in winter, you may face a few challenges. Here's what you need to know about attracting buyers.

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Selling a Home in Winter? Tips and Suggestions

Posted by Gary Ashton RE/MAX Advantage on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 8:11am.

If You're Selling a Home in Winter, Here's What to KnowThe best time of year to sell a Clarksville home is generally in the summer or spring, when the grass is green, flowers are blooming, and ample sunshine makes homes look bright on the inside. Unfortunately, not all home sellers have the option of selling their home in summer. If you're listing your home for sale this winter, here's what you need to know about making your home more desirable to buyers.

Make Your Home Warm and Inviting

Home buyers want to feel warm and comfortable in homes they're thinking about buying. Sellers can make their homes more welcoming to buyers by keeping the temperature comfortable and by making their home seem cozy. For example:

  • Keep the fire on in the fireplace during showings.
  • Turn up the heat in the home so sellers will be comfortable walking around without their coats on.
  • Decorate the couch and chairs with warm throw pillows and blankets.
  • Make warm drinks available to buyers during showings.

It's also helpful to weatherstrip in winter to make it easier for the heat to keep the home comfortable, even when the temperature outside drops. Weatherstripping is easy for many homeowners to do on their own, but those who aren't able to weatherstrip can often hire a handyman to get the work done for them.

Keep the Lawn Pristine

Homes often look peaceful when snow falls on the lawn, but properties start to look chaotic when footprints and paw prints mar the white unbroken beauty of the space. Homeowners who avoid walking on their snowy lawns can prevent messy snow from reducing their home's curb appeal.

Show Pictures of the Home In Summer

Homes often look better in summer than in winter. In summer, the lawn is green and lush, and the sky is often blue. In winter, it's common for the sky to be overcast and the green lawn to be either soggy or dead. Home sellers who want to show the best images of their home in the listing should include pictures of the home during spring or summer, when the house looks its best. Homeowners who do not have pictures of their home in spring or summer can work with their real estate professional to make their home as presentable as possible.

Keep Seasonal Decorations to a Minimum

Seasonal decorations can be overwhelming or distracting to buyers when there are too many of them. Keeping seasonal decorations to a minimum can help the home buyer imagine what the house would look like at a different time of year. It's also helpful to keep the decorations tasteful to ensure the house looks good to as many home buyers as possible.

Outside, avoid using large inflatable seasonal decorations. These seasonal items can make the lawn look cluttered or small, and can also distract from naturally occurring features like healthy shrubs and mature trees.

Work With a Reputable Real Estate Professional

If you're a homeowner who is thinking about selling your home in the winter, talk to a real estate professional. Winter is a challenging time of year to sell a house, but working with a real estate professional can help.

Your real estate agent can help you stage your home and make it look as presentable as possible. Working with a good real estate agent, you should be able to get a good price for your home. Contact a reputable real estate professional today.

 

Gary Ashton

The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage

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