Although spring and summer are typically known as good times to sell your home, there are still many people on the hunt in the winter. And the best part about it? They’re usually highly motivated to buy. If you’re planning to put your home on the market during winter, there are a number of things you can do to make it stand out to potential buyers. Check out our best tips below!
Embrace The Winter Season
It may be cold, but the winter season is also beautiful and you can use that to your advantage. First of all, if there’s snow, make sure to keep the driveway and all the paths around your home shoveled and clear. If you can, keep outdoor furniture outside so potential buyers can visualize how to use the space. Add some cushions and throws to up the cozy factor. Embrace the winter by adding seasonal landscaping. Make sure to blow away dead leaves and remove dead vegetation before adding some pops of colour around your yard. Consider placing a wreath on your door, hanging string lights or adding evergreen topiaries to your porch or by your front door.
Keep Entryways Clean
Of course, it’s important for your whole house to be clean when buyers come through, but pay close attention to entryways as they can become particularly messy and cluttered in the wintertime. Make sure your family is removing their mucky boots outside and put all your winter gear away in a closet or trunk, where they can’t be tripped over. Keep a Swiffer-style mop in a closet near the front door to quickly freshen the floors before showings.
Highlight Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
If your home has energy efficient features such as a smart thermostat, quality window treatments, a newer HVAC system, energy-efficient dual or triple pane windows, or a tankless water heater, these are excellent features to highlight during the winter months. Many people are looking for ways to be more sustainable, and every homebuyer wants to save money on energy bills. Energy efficient features will make a great impression on potential buyers.
Keep Your Home Warm and Inviting
When people are coming to view your home, you don’t want it to be too cold or hot. Keep it at a comfortable temperature (between 20 and 21 degrees Celsius is ideal). If you have a working fireplace, turn it on to create warmth and ambiance. You can also create a welcoming vibe by displaying cookies on cake stands in the kitchen, and placing a throw blanket on the back of a sofa or a plump quilt at the foot of the bed. If you have the budget for it, consider hiring a stager who can come in to make your space flow and look as cozy as possible.
Highlight Notable Indoor Spaces
Show potential buyers what your home has to offer by highlighting spaces that are especially appealing in the winter. For example, an indoor exercise area, basement TV room or top floor playroom. Remove any clutter to make sure the purpose of the room is clear and have the realtor make note of it when showing your home. This also goes for entertaining spaces. Set your dining table as if you’re getting ready for a nice dinner and set out fresh flowers to really set the scene.