Nobody wants to look at homes when its snowing and zero degrees outside.
So, it’s great time to buy.
And if you’re selling, make sure your home is the warm and welcoming oasis buyers are looking for. Sounds obvious, but sometimes we forget that it’s not always about price, terms and location. Sometimes it’s about making the potential home buyer feel like, well, that they’ve come home.
Take a few tips from RISMedia’s Housecall column and make sure your home feels like home to someone else.
- Snow doesn’t always cover up everything. Put up some potted evergreens, clean the gutters trim all the shrubs.
- Open the drapes and turn on all the lights and make sure you cleaned the windows before it got nasty out. Then make it cozy for those late afternoon showings with a lit fireplace.
- Warm it up. Start with the fireplace, inch up the thermostat and use rich colors and textures in all the rooms. Pillows, throws, etc., all make a room feel luxurious.
- Inexplicably, not all sellers remember that walkways in the back also must be shoveled. So, do driveways and that back patio and everywhere that offers access to the little shed in the back. And if you’re gone for a weekend, make sure you hire someone to do it. Don’t surprise your Realtor when he or she shows up for an Open House and they must spend the first crucial hour digging out.
- Celebrate holidays with tasteful touches but don’t go on overwhelm. Buyers won’t remember the house, just the huge blow-up reindeer and Santa in the front yard.
Winter is a great time to sell your house. Sure, they aren’t as many buyers but there aren’t as many sellers, either. No matter when you sell, just remember that the best time to buy or sell is when its good for you.