Selling a home in the winter is usually seen as a bad idea since summer is the prime season for selling homes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sell your home in the winter, and it doesn’t mean you’ll have to sell it for less. There are plenty of little tricks you can do to help sell your home in the winter, and make it even more appealing to potential buyers. Here are a few things you’ll want to do to give your home that edge.
1. Keep it Warm
This cannot be stressed enough: cool or cold homes, or homes where people think they’re cold, have a much harder time selling. Your goal is to make people feel comfortable and cozy, so be sure to set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature. If you have a gas fireplace, consider turning it one when showing, it can give your home an even more cozy feel, and add a nice warmth to the room.
2. Make it Cozy
Every winter, there are plenty of times when we all want to just snuggle up indoors, so make sure your home is not only warm, but feels like a place where people can be comfortable. Rugs, throw blankets, and more can give your home that comfortable feel, and make it feel more inviting for potential buyers.
3. Shovel Regularly
If people can’t safely get to your front door, they won’t be buying your home, so keep all the paths and driveways clear of snow. This means at regular snowfalls, but it also means keeping everything as clear as possible at every point during the winter. It doesn’t hurt to get rid of any snow that comes by from the wind even, and you should clear all paths in the on the entire property so the yard looks more usable.
4. Show off the Garden
While the land around your property, save for the driveway and pathways, is probably covered in a healthy layer of snow, that doesn’t mean you can’t show off what your home is like in the summer. Be sure to take photos of your home the summer before, or rustle up some pictures from previous years, and have them available for people to peruse. This will give your home a distinct edge by helping potential buyers visualize what their summers will be like in their new place, and could help move the property a little quicker.
While selling a home in the winter can come with certain challenges, it doesn’t mean you have to take a hit on the price. In fact, many home sellers are satisfied with the experience. But to give your home a little more edge, be sure to make the property feel extra appealing, and keep the area clear of snow to help people get inside.