5 Tips for Selling Your Home in Winter

Home AuctionWhile the spring and summer are typically thought of as the best times of year to sell a home, it is possible to sell your home during the winter months. Because of inclement weather conditions and the holiday season, you may just need to slightly shift your home staging strategy. Here are a few tips to consider for selling your home in the winter:

  1. Keep gutters clean. Dirty, clogged gutters are an eyesore, and they are also one of the first things a prospective buyer will see when they approach your home. Even worse, clogged gutters can contribute to the conditions for an ice dam, which leads to interior home leaks. You do not want to be dealing with a leak while you are trying to show your home.
  2. Let in the light. Wintertime is usually grayer than other times of year, with less natural light. That makes it so important to enhance the lighting in your home, depending on time of day, during a home showing. During the daytime hours, you can open blinds and curtains to let in the light. At night, keep your home well-lit both inside and outside. This makes your home feel more inviting.
  3. Maintain a clear driveway and walkways. As the snow falls, make sure you are continuing to shovel and de-ice the path any potential buyers and agents will take into your home. Providing a safe entrance is very important, especially in the winter. If you are unsure whether you can handle the shoveling, consider hiring a snow removal service for the winter.
  4. Do not neglect your landscape. Just because it is winter, it does not give you a pass on maintaining your landscape! Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed as you would in the spring and summer. The idea is to demonstrate to buyers that you take care in maintaining your home.
  5. Pick a nice day for taking pictures. Because the first time buyers will see your home is likely when they are looking at photos posted online, choose a bright, sunny day after a recent snowfall, so the snow will be white and vibrant, not dirty.

Considering whether to put your home on the market this winter? Give the O’Reilly Team a call today to speak to an agent who can help. Call today!