Welcome to the doldrums of winter, folks. Even though we are still in a seller’s market, listing a home in January can be challenging. With the school year in mid-swing, early nights, and a strong post-Christmas spending hangover, enticing buyers to sign on the dotted line is tricky.
This time of year, sellers need to keep a few extra things in mind in order to make their house stand out. Pay attention to these details, and your home will sell in no time this winter!
Set the Thermostat To…
During these arctic days, you may be tempted to crank up the heat. Resist! Buyers coming in from the cold will be bundled up while they view your home, so overheating the house will make them uncomfortable. Keep your thermostat set to the high 60’s , and you should be fine. Make sure that you seal up any drafty areas, and buyers will feel snug and cozy.
Shovel Your Walkways
Not only will your home look more inviting, but it will be much safer as well. Consider salting your sidewalk, driveway, and any paths to prevent ice. Your neighbors will appreciate it, and more importantly, so will your buyers!
With the sun setting before dinner time, many winter showings will take place after dark. Shadowy corners make your home seem small and dingy. Pick up a few floor lamps, and make sure each room is very well lit. If you have porch lights or other outdoor lighting, turn it on before a showing.
Good lighting is especially vital for your online photos. Wait for a really sunny day to have pictures done, and turn every light on. Open doors and drapes and let the sun in as much as you can.