How to Succesfully Sell Your Own Home in the Winter

By Home Bay

Posted on January 28th, 2016

In addition to increased market activity, there’s another reason why more homes sell in the spring. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and the grass is literally greener – providing vibrancy that allows every property to look its very best. But what if you can’t wait until April to list your home? Don’t worry! We’ve got tips to help you wow buyers, even on the dreariest of winter days.


Tip # 1: Make Showings Safe & Convenient

The last thing you want is to have someone slip trying to get into your home. When snow, sleet or freezing rain is in the forecast, pre-treat all walkways with a safe ice melt product to help keep them clear and re-apply often. Also, be sure to shovel or use your snow blower to clear snow from parking areas prospective buyers will need access to.

Tip #2: Enhance & Bolster Light, Inside and Out

Keeping your home light and airy can be an obstacle when you’re dealing with short daylight hours, especially since many buyers may need to schedule viewings in the late afternoon or early evening. But there’s a solution!

Consider adding tasteful, attractive solar lighting components to accentuate and define the sidewalks and walkways outside your home. Also consider using weatherproof tube or rope lighting to define architectural features on outdoor fixtures. Doing so will call potential buyer’s attention to anything you want them to notice.

Inside your home, turn on all available lights to make sure buyers can see clearly, then accent each room with battery powered candles in pretty holders. When possible, use lamps to add warmth to the lighting in each room.

Tip #3: Enjoy Hidden Winter Advantages

It’s not all gloom and gray – winter also brings out more serious buyers! And since there are fewer homes for sale during the winter season, that means you get the benefit of working with buyers ready to act quickly and willing to pay fair market value.

Use these tips to transform your home and maximize each showing opportunity this winter!

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Posted in Homeowner Advice, Preparing to Sell Your Home