Posted on: 17 October 2019
Spring and summer are well-known for being prime home-hunting seasons. As the flowers bloom, so do buyers' interests. That doesn't mean that cool weather home sales are doomed to languish. In fact, take advantage of less competition and make your home look warm, cozy, and attractive to buyers no matter how cold the thermometer drops.
Let Your Fireplace Glow
Homes with fireplaces tend to attract buyers all year long with just the thought of warmth and families gathering around it for cozy evenings. When the weather turns frosty, however, light your fireplace so that buyers can really get into the winter spirit. Be sure to play up the fireplace area by using a furry rug, some comfy pillows, and a lovely mantle display. Have a professional service your fireplace to prevent unexpected things like blockages and smoky drafts.
Vanilla, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and More
There are certain scents everyone naturally associates with cooler weather. You might use the old Realtor's trick of baking a batch of cookies before a showing in the summer. In the winter, though, consider adding the warmth of spicy scented candles to add other wintry scents that evoke visions of family gatherings during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and all the rest of the wintertime holidays.
Consider Safety Concerns
Having a buyer slip on ice outside your home is no way to make a sale. If you expect buyers, take care to shovel, scrape, and de-ice the sidewalk and driveway beforehand. If you've moved out of your home, make arrangements for someone to do the job for you and to make sure your home is warm and welcoming by controlling the temperature from afar using an app.
Don't Neglect the Outdoors
Just because you're not using your back patio as much during the cooler days doesn't mean you can ignore it when buyers arrive. Buyers will be interested in your outdoor areas even if they are covered in snow. If you have a nice deck, porch, or patio area, be sure to arrange some furniture, and a fire pit is a nice touch too.
Light the Way
Shorter days and cloudy skies can create darkness even in homes with plenty of windows. To prevent your home from looking dreary, turn on some lamps in every room. Even the kitchen can look homier with a lamp placed on the island or a countertop.
Homes are bought and sold regardless of the time of the year, and your home can sell too. Talk to your real estate agent about making your home as attractive as possible for showings this winter. Additionally, start looking at real estate listings to see what else is on the market.Share