There are fewer homes on the market this time of year because not too many people want to show their home during the holidays when the kids are home or relatives are visiting. But if you are one of the brave winter sellers, you face less competition because the home inventory is lower this time of year. And come December 26th, lots of folks start looking on line for a new place to live.
Here are my top 5 tips for selling your home during these chilly months:
- Turn on all the lights. Winter days are shorter and often darker. Light the house for a cheery and welcoming feel. Leave the exterior lights on until you go to bed to appeal to people who are driving by.
- Keep it tidy. We know it is hard to keep your home 'show ready' this time of year, but do it any way. Bulky coats and winter items should be taken with you in the car when you leave for a showing. See my list of how to get your home ready to show quickly.
- Keep the thermostat at a reasonable setting. Not too cold, but definitely not to hot. Remember the buyers will likely keep their coats on while in your house, so don't toast them with hot air.
- Maintain the curb appeal. I know it's difficult when the grass is dormant and everything looks gray. But keep the exterior neatly maintained. Put out a flag for color and to give the home some life. Make the exterior of your home look very well groomed.
- Be mindful of odors. Closed doors and windows combined with warm furnace air can make for stuffy conditions that allow unwelcoming odors. You'll need to clean more often and be mindful to avoid strong cooking odors, strong air fresheners or any kind of pet smells. [where: 75230]