10 Ways to Get the Best of winter when selling your Home

Posted By on December 30, 2011

Selling a home in this economy is hard, much less trying to sell your house in the dead of winter.

Here are a few bits of advice from RE/MAX agents that can help you sell your house in the wintertime!

1)    The best way to battle the gloomy and short days is to turn on every single light in the house. Let the light shine, in every room. RE/MAX agent Marlene Granacki said even turn on the lights in the closets and utility rooms! Stock up on bulbs for all fixtures if some happen to burn out. She also recommended keeping the front lights of the house lit even if there are no showings scheduled. People are always driving by, make a good impression. Who knows, your buyer may drive past at any time!

2)    Make the home easy to enter. Winter showings can become awkward if prospective buyers come in with snow and salt on their feet. “Put a festive area rug at the front door for a great first impression and so visitors can wipe their feet” recommends Babara Hibnick of RE/MAX Showcase.

3)    Keep Odors under control. In the winter it tends to get stuffy in the house when windows aren’t opened often. That can allow for odors to become more noticeable in the house, which can be a turn off for perspective buyers. Use a room fragrance if needed but nothing too strong!

4)    Encourage a Festive look! Decorate the house in appropriate decorations, Christmas and even Valentine’s Day.  This can help give the house a cheerful look during the winter months.  These small little details can help sell the house but make sure to not go overboard!

5)    Don’t ignore the outdoors. Buyer’s first impression of the house will often be how they remember the house compared to other houses. Maintain a neatly maintained yard. Walks and steps should be kept clear, especially of snow and ice.

For a complete list of things to help sell your home in the winter, visit www.rismedia.com.

A final tip to leave you with: Buyers looking at homes in December or January are quite serious about buying! Although there are fewer showings, those showings are more productive and fewer showings are needed to sell the property.

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Katie has been with Potterhill Homes for over 3 years. She works on the technical side at Potterhill Homes, maintaining the website and assisting in Marketing Campaigns. She Currently resides in Cincinnati where she enjoys shopping and watching sports.

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About the authors

Katie has been with Potterhill Homes for over 3 years. She works on the technical side at Potterhill Homes, maintaining the website and assisting in Marketing Campaigns. She Currently resides in Cincinnati where she enjoys shopping and watching sports.