No matter what is driving your move, you may be concerned about selling your home at this time of year. But just because you missed the boat on the Spring and Summer selling season doesn't mean you can't get your home sold quickly, and for a profit. A few tips can help get it moving.
Take Photos Early or Late
If you can take photos before the trees become barren and the grass goes dormant, do so. The last thing you want is for your home to look bland and depressing in photos. If you can capture a snowy day ( with perfectly scraped walkways, of course), that works as well. It never hurts to have your home looking like a winter wonderland.
Go Easy On The Holiday Decor
"Deck your halls, but don't go overboard" says HGTV. "Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful no to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home and distract buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes."
Always Mind Your Curb Appeal
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can let things slide out front. Potential buyers wont' give you a pass on chipping paint, a fence that needs repair, landscaping that's turned brown, or a front door that's seen better days just because it's frigidly cold outside.
Shoveling the walk from the street to your home is necessary to make it reachable, make it inviting, and also make it safe. The last thing you want is a slip and fall that could result in an injury, and a lawsuit. Keep in mind fresh footprints create ice if the temperature is low enough.
Get A Good Indoor Mat
Perhaps you never use a mat for indoors or yours is grubby or tattered from 10 straight years of winter wear. This one super easy move may not be noticed by visitors, but it sure will if it's missing or not in good shape. Little things like a $10 mat can give buyers the impression that your whole house is well cared for, and keeps wet shoes from tracking in your home.
Clear The Front Door Clutter
If you live in a climate where there is likely to be snow or rain, there are a few more steps you;ll probably have to take in order to keep your house looking great inside. How does your coat closet look? If it's stuffed with jackets, scarves, boots, and gloves, relocating some to make room for potential buyers to put their stuff away while touring your home is a good idea, plus a tidy coat closet gives the impression that there is plenty of storage space in the home. It goes without saying that winter wear and shoes that tend to stack up in the entry should be banished while your home is on the market.
Make Sure Everything Is Functional
Imagine you live in a climate that stays at a relatively warm temperature year round, and then you have a cold spell. You turn on the heater for the first time the night before your first showing, and ...nothing happens. Same for the fireplace in the living room. Your freezing cold house is probably not going to make a great first impression on buyers. As soon as you decide you are going to sell your home, go through it room by room, checking all major appliances and home functions and looking for little things that may escape notice on an everyday basis. Cracked light switches, chipped baseboards, non working light bulbs need to be replaced so your home is perfect for showings.
Light It Up
Shorter says with earlier sunsets limit the amount of natural light in your home. Turning on all the lights before showings is more important than ever. Think about the exterior when it comes to lights,too. If you only have a porch light, you might want to consider adding some landscape lighting.
Listen To Your REALTOR When It Comes To Price
Will you be able to command top dollar for your home and get the same price you would have had you listed in the spring or summer? That depends on so many things, including your neighborhood, the available inventory, the condition of the home, and of course your listing price and the strength of your Realtor. Choose your Realtor carefully and check out his/her proven record of sales. A trusted real estate agent will take all mitigating factors into consideration and use comparables in your area to develop a pricing strategy.
Remember this quote from Realtor.com " Just because your home's on the market during the slow, chilly months doesn't mean you have to accept a low-ball offer. If you make your home attractive in all the right ways, qualified buyers will come."
If you need help selling your home in these upcoming winter months contact me through my website www.donnitahill.com or at my office 931.526.4455.