The weather is getting colder, the snow has started falling and you have decided to list your home. It’s more important than ever to do the little things in your showings that will help you get the most value out of a chilly market.
Shovel your driveway and front walk before every showing and ensure that your steps (should you have any) are free of ice. Don’t forget the backyard! If you have a property with a deck/patio in the backyard give the potential buyers an opportunity to see it. The property should also be well lit when it gets dark. This is not only for safety reasons, but to show off the beauty of your home when you otherwise might not be able to see it.
When guests arrive in the winter, they are typically covered in snow. Make sure there is ample space for guests to remove their boots and a mat for them to be placed on. An oversized rug at the entrance will allow the space needed for guests to come into your home. Make available some slippers should guests want to keep their feet warm and cozy!
If you are showing your home during the festive season, a great way to welcome guests in is with some pleasant smells, such as cinnamon or freshly baked cookies. Otherwise neutral smells during the off festive season, such as vanilla, will work well. If you have decorations and a Christmas tree up, make sure there are no gifts under the tree and there is no clutter. It is important to create an atmosphere where the buyers can see themselves in your home.
Ensure that your home is kept at an ideal temperature. This is not the time to save on heating costs by lowering your temperature. If you have a fireplace make sure that the pilot light is on. Buyers will want to turn on the fireplace to test its functionality and they also might want to picture themselves getting cozy when it is cold outside.
The experience you make while buyers are coming to visit your home in the winter is important. There will be a lot of competition in the market place and if you can have your buyer experience what it would like to live in your home like it was theirs. Then your chances of selling quicker will grow.
Be safe this winter and happy selling.