It’s tough to sell your house in the winter and you will end up facing lots of challenges. But there are certain ways in which you can stage your home to attract potential buyers and avoid these winter woes
Zack Childress, a real estate author, speaker and mentor, gives you tips on how to maximize your selling potential in the winter months.
Give coziness to your visiting prospective buyer
You can light up the wooden fireplace, if it is new. Else if it is an old one, it is safer not to light the fire since smoke from the fireplace is a put off for visiting buyers. If you cannot light a fire, then consider offering some fine wine or other drink to warm buyers.
Monitor the temperature of the house
Buyers often look for many homes. They come to your home as part of their home visiting tour. So they will be tired, running in and out of cars and lifts. They will mostly be dressed in heavy clothes to protect themselves from the outside cold .Therefore they don’t prefer a hot inside. So monitor the temperature of your home and set it right before these potential buyers enter.
Set aside areas for storage
You don’t want puddles and snow at places in your house. Keep hangers for winter coats and umbrellas here and there in your house but in an organized manner. Keep a shoe rack outside for the potential buyers to place their shoes. Also lay an absorbent doormat for buyers to wipe their feet and then enter. You should present the house in a neat and organized fashion when they enter.
Showcase spaces and entertainment possibilities for the winter
You have to display the spaces for the winter. Indoor play areas, outdoor fireplaces, porches, basement expanses, tool sheds and so on are desirable winter spaces. Clean them before exhibiting. Furnish your outdoor fireplace or the porch and keep warm blankets and pillows on the couch or the sofa. Winter is the time for entertainment. So, give a party-like aura to your house. Keep cakes and chocolates in kitchen stands. Put a brand new pile of plates onto the kitchen shelves. When the potential buyer is visiting, you could probably have someone cook something nice and warm in the fireplace and have the delicious aroma wafting all over. Decorate the house with winter flowers and keep a basket of not only freshly plucked and brightly colored but also mouth watering fruits on the dining table.
Enhance the grace of your house
You can keep a Christmas tree or two and lights in the front yard to welcome the visitors. Use candles or lights to illuminate the house as a dark one is a put off. Snow globes, snow sheets, candy canes, garlands and rings of flowers and so on are some of the other things that you can use to give your house an enticing look when the prospective buyer visits.
These tips by Zack Childress will help in maximizing the selling potential of your house in the winter. So read through this and benefit.