You may not want to list your home for sale in the winter, but sometimes you don’t have a choice. Knowing how to best showcase your home in the winter months can have a ton of advantages, when temperatures drop and the traditional rules do not apply.
Contrarily if you were selling your home during the spring or summer, it would be much easier to address any issues particularly cosmetic problems during the staging process. But selling your home in the winter months requires the same attention to detail so here are a few tips to get started.
Maintain The Curb Appeal
Curb appeal may not be the same as in the summer or spring months, but the same basic principles apply. Things that you need to take care off with regards to curb appeal are cleaning walkways and driveways and making sure the exterior is tidy.
With regards to the interior, the carpets and rugs should be kept clean and your home should be clutter free, which you can do by removing the photographs and knickknacks and photographs.
Focus On The Light
It is important to make your home feel both welcoming and warm, and the best way to do this is to emphasize light into it. Things to consider doing are removing window treatments to allow the light to shine in at its full might, and even opening the remaining draperies and blinds especially during daylight viewing.
If you’re showing your home during evening hours, bring in things such as table lamps and floor lamps, which can exude a comforting and warm glow all through your rooms.
Emphasize On Winterized Features
After your home passes the initial charm test, emphasizing on the smart winter features of your home can often help seal the deal. Your home may be more appealing to winter homebuyers if it were equipped with things such as an enclosed garage, new heater and HVAC components, and energy efficient upgrades or even skylights.
Winter buyers are more than likely to buy a home and move in the winter season as well so they will want to be confident that their new home is well prepared for the months ahead.
Show All Seasons
Even though you will be listing and showing your home in the winter season, it is a good idea to take photos of your home in other seasons as well. These photos can be added to the photo album of your home, and can even be included with your listing.
Regardless of how you choose to showcase your home during winter or any other season, be sure not to go overboard on your budget. The last thing you want to do is damage your credit just before moving day.