Keys to Selling in the Winter
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If anyone is ready to throw on their boots, hats, gloves and winter coat to come to see your house, they mean business. People looking for a new house in the winter are often very serious buyers who are not just window shopping.
Many people look at January as a time for new beginnings and nothing says a new beginning as a new house. There is also a large number of relocations occurring at the beginning of the year. If you are planning to sell your home this Winter, here are three tips to make an instant impression with those savvy buyers.
High-Quality Exterior Pictures
If you are planning to sell your house in the winter, be pro-active and get exterior photos completed late summer or early fall. Buyers will want to see what type of shape of your landscaping, driveway, deck, roof are in. That is nearly impossible with a foot of snow covering them.
Take Down the Lights and Decorations
If you sell your house after the holidays remember to take down your lights and decorations. When potential buyers come to visit, seeing distracting or unattractive lights could dissuade them. When people see your house, they want to be able to see what it would look like if they owned it. A 10-foot Santa Clause will not be a selling feature.
Keep the heat on and in
The best time to show off how energy efficient your house is in the winter! No one wants to buy a house that is expensive to heat so before you put your house on the market seal it. It’s also important to turn the heat up 15 to 20 minutes before a scheduled viewing to make it warm and toasty when buyers show up.
Here is a bonus tip: maintain the snow! Before potential buyers arrive to give your driveway and walkway a shovel and salt. You don’t want anyone slipping because of your carelessness.
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JOSHUA CAMPBELL (@knowledgebrkr)
Real Estate Broker
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