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Tips for Selling Your Home During the Winter Season

Jan 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Real Estate Tips
Marty Carbone Realty Albany NY

Sell it in the snow!

When prospective buyers view your home they are not looking at “your” home…they are looking at “their” potential future home.  Therefore it is a good idea to have less clutter and personal décor so it will be easier for the buyer to visualize your home and their future home.

Here are some tips for making your home more appealing during the tough winter months:

1.   Don’t be afraid to list your home during the winter, you might miss out on the buyer who is right for your home by waiting until the spring, especially since a lot of other homeowners will be thinking about waiting too.

2.   Most people see winter as a dreary and dark season.  Make sure your home is well lit at all times.  Take advantage of the natural light during the day and make sure at night there is sufficient light to accent key features of your home.  Using higher wattage bulbs in key areas can make a big difference.

3.   Keep walkways and sidewalks clear of ice and snow.  Be sure to use plenty of ice melt/rock salt to ensure no one slips or falls while viewing the home. Also try to remove snow and ice from any outdoor patios or decks.

4.   Think warm and cozy. Try to make your home as warm and inviting as possible.  If you have a gas fireplace have it on during the showing to add both heat and atmosphere.  Buyers who come in and are cold will not stay long and be turned off.

5.   Don’t overdo it with the holiday decorations.  While everyone loves the way The Griswold’s house looks at Christmas time, no one is going to want to buy it for that reason and they are trying to envision how THEY would decorate it, if it was their home.

6.   Posting friendly signs like “Please remove your shoes” shows pride in ownership of the home and prospective buyers will respect that.

7.      Make sure there are some pleasant scents throughout the home such as baked goods, or subtle candles or air fresheners.  Be careful not to overdo it with too many different scents.  Also be wary of using candles or air fresheners to cover up odors from pets.  It is much better to just not have the pet odors and possible to have pets without them!

8.   Be as flexible as possible with showings scheduled.  Buyers may be delayed due to weather, work or personal issues as a result of the winter season.  Being flexible will show your willingness to work with the buyer

9.   If possible, have some photo albums out of pictures taken during the other seasons.  This will give the buyers a better idea of what the home looks like in the non winter months.  You may also consider having a DVD set to play on the TV that shows a slideshow of pictures from the summer.

10.   Have a positive attitude about your listing regardless of the time of year and continue to work together with your realtor try to find your own buyer.

Selling your home is an emotional, financial and logistical decision so don’t let the emotions of the winter season negatively affect your decisions.  Be confident, think positive and good things will happen.

(PHOTO CREDIT: http://casacara.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/small-snowy-house-back.jpg)

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