Winter can be a great time to sell a home if you properly manage the challenges that come with colder weather. Here are several things to keep in mind if you’re selling your home during the coldest months of the year:
Keep it tidy. Keep your yard free of fallen leaves and branches. Pathways leading up to your front door should be swept and free of dirt, leaves, ice and/or snow. If you’ve already moved out, you may want to consider hiring a maintenance service.
Warm it up. Now’s not the time to turn down the thermostat, even if you have already moved out. Adjust the thermostat to a warmer temperature before a potential buyer arrives. If you have a gas fireplace, turn it on right before a tour.
Let there be light. Homes can appear darker in the winter months. Adjust window coverings to let in more light. And consider turning on the lights in rooms before a potential buyer arrives. If you no longer live in the area or are not at home much, use timers.
Make your home smell nice. Consider baking a batch of cookies or brownies before a showing. The kitchen will be warmer and cozier, and the smell can’t be beat.
Go easy on seasonal decorations. When selling a home, resist the temptation to go all Clark Griswold for the holidays. You want potential buyers to be able to picture themselves in your home, however they celebrate the holidays.