It would be insulting to your intelligence if I said selling your house in the winter is easy. I do have some tips that will help give you the upper hand…
You probably already know that it’s harder to sell your home in the winter. With the cold temps and shorter days, it can appear that buyers are few and far between.
Every cloud has a silver lining. Sure there are fewer buyers right now. But the people that are looking in the winter months are usually more serious. Not as many tire kickers and time wasters. If someone is looking at homes in the cold, then it is a pretty good sign they are legit.
Prepare For Cold Weather Home Buyers:
Make Sure The Buyers Don’t Slip
In Upstate South Caroline, we might not see too much snow but you know we do get hammered with ice storms. Plan ahead and have some ice melt or sand to provide traction during snowy weather. If we do get some snow, you MUST shovel the snow off your driveway and sidewalks.
2 Reasons Why You Must Shovel the Snow/Ice Before Showings:
- Curb Appeal
Shoveling the snow will make your home appear more inviting and well-maintained. And remember to place a mat for visitors to wipe their feet on.
Warm And Inviting
Buyers will remember the house that was warm after freezing their butts off in the cold. By having your home toasty warm, it let’s the buyers know that your heat is in good working order. Plus it will help to prevent them from rushing so they can get back into the warm car!
I am a firm believer that a good smelling home is easier to sell. While you cannot cover up bad smells, you can create a welcoming scent by baking cookies the day of the showing. Forget about mega doses of Febreeze or lighting candles and pull out the big guns: fresh baked cookies!
It stands to reason that if you just baked cookies, then you might as well show true hospitality and offer your guest some.
Plus this will give buyers a reason to linger in your home. I would also suggest making coffee or hot chocolate to go with those cookies. Of course, you need to let your real estate agent know the snacks and drinks are for the buyers.
It Just Feels Like Home
With the frigid temps, people may be focusing on feeling cold. Instead, let’s work to make buyers feel warm and comfortable. Before all showings you need to turn on all the lights in the house.
Some people think that some some soothing classical or jazz music in the background can help. I would suggest keeping the volume down so buyers can hear each other easily while they are discussing how awesome your home is.
These are just a few techniques you can use to make your home more inviting this winter.
Are you ready to sell your home?