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10 Tips to Sell Your Home in the Winter

Friday, December 2, 2022   /   by Laura Larson

10 Tips to Sell Your Home in the Winter

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Do you intend to sell your house this winter? In addition to keeping it looking lovely and enticing to potential purchasers, you'll need to prepare it for the upcoming weather. Here are some preparation measures you may take to get your house ready to sell in the wintertime:
 
1. Deep-clean the area
Before you show it to prospective buyers, thoroughly clean your home. Clean the carpets, dust every surface, and remove any moisture or debris that comes in with the wind. Wipe the prints from snowy or muddy shoes. Hire a weekly cleaning service to help with the maintenance if you're short on time.
 
2. Reduce Clutter
Chaos does not sell homes, and clutter fosters a sense of chaos. Clean up your area and dispose of or give any old clothing, furniture, appliances, and other possessions. (When it comes time to move, you'll be pleased you did this.)
 
3. Take personal items away
Move sentimental objects like family photos and kid's artwork into storage with potential buyers in mind. You want potential buyers to feel like they can personalize your home when they tour it. This feeling will be diminished if your personal belongings are dispersed throughout the entire house. They might even give you the impression that they are violating your privacy.
 
4. Light it Up
Your home might start to appear gloomy as the sun sets earlier and the sky turns gray. Use illumination to make your home's interior and outside more bright, and if additional lighting or a timer is needed, think about doing it.
 
5. Fix minor issues.
Fix any minor problems with your house if you think they might reduce its value. Hire a handyman or contractor if you don't have the time or the necessary skills to complete the work yourself.
 
6. Offer some sensorial experience for prospective homebuyers.
By providing cookies, real estate brokers make prospective clients feel welcome. Consider infusing your house with the aromas of hot apple cider, hot cocoa, or pots with simmering cinnamon and orange peels during the winter.
 
7. Take care of the outside
When it comes to selling your home, the exterior's appearance is just as crucial as the interior's. In order to get your exterior ready for the winter weather you should:
 
- Trim trees and shrubs
- Shovel snow off the driveway and walkway
- Deal with any patches of ice that could cause injury
 
8. Use seasonal decorations
Consider putting elegant holiday decorations in the living room and kitchen, depending on when you plan to sell. Maybe a lovely centerpiece for the dining room table for Thanksgiving. Maybe a tree for Christmas, preferably fake, or some lights for the season.
 
9. Display Winter-Friendly Locations
Show potential buyers the most comfortable areas of your home since they might spend a lot of time indoors after they move in. In the winter, all of these spaces —basements, fitness centers, and home theaters— should appear cozier. If necessary, request that your realtor discuss these rooms and their advantages during open houses and home tours.
 
10. Keep it Warmth
As potential buyers tour your property, make sure they are not shivering. Increase the heat or set a timer for it. If your living room has a fireplace, start a warm fire. And to make sure everything is operating properly, hire a heating contractor if your HVAC needs repairs.