Selling Your Home in the Winter
It’s no secret that homes sell better in the spring and summer. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t sell your home in the winter months! Here are some tips and tricks to sell your home in the winter.
Combat the cold
One thing to pay attention to when showing a home during the winter is the temperature of your home. Make sure the thermostat is set at a comfortable temperature. If needed, add insulation or caulking to eliminate any drafts. If it snows, make sure to shovel all outdoor paths and put down salt to prevent icy pathways.
Staging your home
When staging your home during the winter, all standard recommendations still apply. However, there are a few extra steps you’ll want to take. First and foremost, up the comfort factor in the home. Place throw blankets around the living room and put a focus on plush textures. If you have a fireplace, keep it running during the open house.
Up your curb appeal
Yards and outdoor spaces look less inviting in the winter without the full greenery of spring and summer. Make sure to give some extra attention to these areas to make them look the best. Keep patio furniture out to display how these spaces can be used in warm weather. A patio heater or fire pit can be used to warm up the area.
Make your home more welcoming by using outdoor lighting and make sure existing lights are functioning. Motion-sensing lights work well above the garage and lanterns work well to line your driveway.
Winter tends to be gloomier than spring and summer are, so bringing in light is very important! Keep blinds and curtains open during showings so there are minimal window coverings and allow more sunlight into your space. You can also experiment with different types of light bulbs. Daylight bulbs work well with bathrooms and soft white bulbs work well in living spaces, such as a bedroom or living room. Your color palette in your home determines what will make your home look more appealing.
Keep the seasonal décor minimal. While no one expects a home to be completely bare of holiday decorations, a simple look is more appealing. Consider using neutral decorations, such as white lights or a modestly decorated Christmas tree.