Selling a home in the wintertime can be challenging. Between the holidays, the school year, and the daunting prospect of moving on a snowy day, many folks opt to sell in the spring or summer. If your home is on the market, an open house is in your future. Holding a winter open house requires some special considerations. Here are 4 must have supplies for your next open house!
1. A Boot Tray or Industrial Mat
So, you’ve scrubbed your house till it shines–wouldn’t you like it to stay that way for the next few hours? If your first two potential buyers track melted snow and grime all over your floors, your last few won’t be seeing your home at its best. Providing a place to wipe wet feet, or leave drippy boots is a great way to preserve your cleaning job for the entire open house.
2. A Coat Rack
Your potential buyers will come bundled up with hats, scarves, and coats. Provide a place for them to hang their stuff so they won’t have to lug it around the house.
Winter days are often dark and cloudy, so the natural sunlight in your home may need a boost. Make sure you have plenty of lights on to make your home seem larger and more open. Make sure you’ve got a couple of sources of light in each room and turn them all on before the open house.
It’s tempting to blast the heat for a winter open house in order to make the home feel warm and welcome. However, remember that folks are coming in from the cold, and a huge temperature change may make them feel overheated. Set your thermostat at 68 degrees to make people feel the most comfortable. If you’ve got a functional fireplace, make sure you use it!
Image: One of our recent listings, 5404 Armour Court in Groveport, Ohio, is a wintery beauty!