Showing Your Home in the Winter

 Of course, most homes look their best in mid-to-late Spring when the flowerbeds are looking sharp, the house is power-washed, and the sun is shining.  However, there are things you can do to have your home stand out in the January and February months, if that's when you're choosing to put your home on the market and have it shown.  Here are some suggestions we have:

1. LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON: Leaving lights on for showings is always a nice little extra that just helps a home show that much better. This is especially the case during cold weather or when the sky is grey, as having lights already on is much more welcoming and warming to someone looking at homes. It can also compensate for possible lack of natural light.
2. HAVE THE HEAT ON: There's always a balance needed so that our heating bills aren't astronomically high just because our house is being shown, but having the house nice and warm during winter showings makes it more comfortable for the buyers. As a seller, you want to show potential buyers why they want your home. Having it heated creates an impression that your home is well-built, cozy, safe, and well maintained. We've shown many homes this winter that were absolutely freezing inside and, even though they could be an otherwise beautiful homes, an uncomfortable showing can have a negative effect.
3. REMOVE SEASONAL DECOR: If you are trying to sell your house, be sure to remove seasonal items or decor as soon as the holiday is past. This might sound silly, but it's not! Think of this: if someone still has Christmas decorations up almost a month after Christmastime and has procrastinated taking the lights down, how likely is it that they're procrastinating on any number of home-maintenance items (ie. roof, boiler/furnace, etc.)? 
4. SALT THE WALKWAYS: Salt your driveway, porch, and walkway. If someone slips and falls at your home while it's being shown, not only could you be liable for injuries to that person but their immediate (and possibly accurate) impression is going to be that your property is an unsafe one to purchase. The large majority of buyers have either children, elderly relatives, or both.  A few bags of salt could set your place apart and also cause it to appear better cared for.
5. APPEAL TO THE SENSES: Obviously you want to have your house looking presentable when you know there will be showings, but think about other ways that you might be able to stand out from all the other sellers! Make sure the rooms are tidy and that the main areas are wiped down. Invest in some air freshener plug-ins to give the house a clean smell (just not too strong). Create a good "experience" for the prospective buyers to leave a lasting impression that says: "YOU WANT TO LIVE HERE!"
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