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Advantages of Selling Home in Winter

Home Sellers tend to think that it’s hard Selling their home in winter and for Home buyers whether first time or moving up, house hunting may not be the first thing that comes to their mind starting November to February.

Fact is that activity does reduces considerably in real estate market during these months due to reasons like harsh winter weather or due to home buying and selling timeline traditionally runs in lockstep with school calendar as parents mainly seek to relocate with minimal impact on their children.

In-spite of hurdles as above, there can be advantages to both home buyers and sellers for looking at their real estate sale & purchase options in winter months too. For home sellers who have an average looking home, this can work out just perfect as there may be lesser similar type homes in market to compete with theirs. Less comparable s may give extra edge to such homes leading to a quick sale. Likewise, home buyers will also have lesser competition as there are fewer home buyers out on house hunting at this time of the year meaning you will be in better position to negotiate and/or atleast get your dream looking home without getting into multiple offer situation, where going over asking is sometimes unavoidable.

Home Sellers, here below are top 5 ways to present your home to its best, if you decide to Sell your house in Winter. If you do it right, you can really make your house stand out.

1. Keep snow and ice at bay: If the buyer can’t get in easily, the house won’t sell. That means keeping walkways and driveways free of the frozen stuff. Just like trimming the lawn in the summer, you want to make the home look like it’s been maintained. Can’t do it yourself……then pay to hire a service to regularly salt or shovel the driveway and sidewalks.

2. Keep it Warm & Cozy: In the summer, you can’t have that fireplace going. A great house feature that might go under appreciated in warmer months should be presented well during winter months. If you are living at the property and you intend to just step out during the appointment time before a buyer comes through, turn on the fireplace and adjust the thermostat to a warmer temperature to make the house look welcoming. Consider things such as putting a warm throw on the sofa or folding back the thick comforter on the bed. To create a little atmosphere, tune the radio to the local classical station with very low volume. Anyone coming out from cold chilling winds into a warm and cozy feeling home will “Feel At Home”.

3. Give the home a nice aroma: Winter Festive smells like fresh baked cookies or hot apple cider, cinnamon and nutmeg etc. are going to be very pleasing for anyone who walks thorough those doors. But don’t overdo it, either. Scented candles in every room or those plug-in air fresheners can leave buyers wondering what you’re trying to mask. Watch the bad smells, too. Pet smells, smoke and musty odors can put off Buyers no matter whatever may be the season.

4. Take advantage of natural light. We strongly encourage showing during the high-daylight hours. Make the most of the light you do have. Have the curtains and blinds cleaned and open them as wide as possible and keep the windows as clean as possible during daytime showings. If you have to show in the evening, Clean all the lamps and built-in fixtures, and replace the bulbs with the highest wattage that they will safely accommodate. Before you show the house, turn on all the lights without fail.

5. Make your home look Inviting: To make the most of your home’s wintertime look, make sure all autumn leaves and any dead tree branches are gone. Use Christmas lights, winter wreaths, dried arrangements around the front entry door or porch to spark festive interest. Plant urns with festive greenery, the fuller the better along with cedar or pine boughs, tuck in sprigs of holy, dried berries, magnolia leaves, corkscrew hazel or red osier branches, with silver ball ornaments and perhaps gold wire ribbon woven through the arrangement. Set up the dinner table with the good china and silver. Have a plate of cookies for your guests, some warm cider or coffee etc. to make them feel invited.

To get more home staging ideas, you can download my free report from http://www.sellformax.ca/home-staging/ or simply call me for a no obligation consultation.