5 Ways to Prep Your Home to Sell in Winter

Although initially you might think that it’s best to put your house on the market when the weather is warm, there are actually a few benefits that come with selling it during the winter season.

For one thing, because there are usually less listings during that time of year, you don’t end up having to compete as much with other houses. Another benefit is the fact that financially, the winter is a good time for prospective buyers to consider purchasing a house. That’s because the interest rates tend to be lower and if a buyer closes before the end of the year, they can also get a tax write-off. Finally, being that a lot of people look to the winter season to prepare for the New Year, some people believe that purchasing a new home represents having a fresh start.

So, if you’re thinking about selling your house during the winter, as you can see, that could prove to be a smart move. Just make sure that you do all that you can to prep it beforehand. Here are five tips that can help you to do just that.

Add some winter curb appeal. One of the things that you have to think about in the winter time that you don’t during the summer is the fact that with cold weather often comes ice and snow. And while white across your yard can be pretty to look at, it can also be a potential hazard for prospective buyers. That’s why you need to shovel your driveway and walkway regularly. However, don’t forget to add a bit of curb appeal as well. If your mailbox looks like it’s had better days, paint it or replace it. And although the winter is not the season for flowers, still consider adding a bit of decor to your porch and possibly painting or replacing your front door. For some ideas on how to decorate your porch during the winter season, visit Front-Porch-Ideas-and-More and put “winter porch ideas” in the search field.

Increase your lighting. Being that it tends to get darker sooner during the wintertime, you need to increase your lighting. If you don’t already have some security lights outside, it’s a good idea to install them along with some lights along your walkway as well. To bring more attention to your landscape, consider also adding some outdoor lamps to your porch. When it comes to the inside of your home, try opening your window treatments during the day to let more natural light in. Finally, get some light bulbs that have higher wattage; that way your rooms will appear brighter in the evenings.

Make sure your heat (and hot water) works. No one is going to want to purchase a house that feels freezing cold inside. So make sure that your thermostat is set to around 73-74 degrees. If it’s very cold, also set your ceiling fans to rotate in the counterclockwise position. That can help to make the rooms in your house 5-7 degrees warmer. Plus, if you have a fireplace, consider using it. That can add a cozy touch. When it comes to providing hot water, service your water heater and insulate your pipes. That way, you can be sure that you’ll get plenty of it no matter what the temperature may be. For tips on how to winterize your water heater and insulate your pipes, visit DIY Network and put “winterize water heater” and “insulate pipes” in the search field.

Don’t overdo it with decorations. If you were to consult with a realtor who works for a company likeĀ Roche Realty Group about something else that you can do to makeĀ selling your home in the winter easier, something that they might recommend is to not overdo it on the holiday decorations. Although a wreath on your front door or a Christmas tree in your house is a nice touch, prospective buyers want to envision what the house will look like all of the time – not just during the holidays.

Show pictures of your house in other seasons. Finally, it’s important that you have some pictures from other times of the year. By showing them some photographs of your house during the spring, summer, and fall, you can give them a better idea of what it will be like for them to live in your house. It’s an additional step that can get you closer to a sale. For tips on how to take real estate photos, visit Front Door and Houzz and put “photograph your house” in the search field.

Related posts:

  1. 5 Easy and Effective Ways to Winter-Proof Your Garage
  2. Easy and Effective Ways to Protect Your Home From Heat Loss in Winter
  3. 5 Home Improvement Projects to Save You Money in Winter
  4. How to Maximize Heat Efficiency in Your Home in Winter
  5. 5 Easy Home Repairs to Invest in Before You Sell
Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.