Selling your Home in Winter-Here are some tips that can make your House SHINE to prospective buyers.
1. Clear the WAY:
-Remove as much of the snow and ice as possible to keep build up from forming and causing difficulty to your buyers from getting to your home.
-Make sure that there is cleared access to key entrances
-Be sure to have shovel, sand and deicer handy
-Provide a mat that your buyers and agents can place their shoes while viewing the home.
2. Let there be LIGHT
-Pull up all the blinds and open shutters to allow maximum light in.
-Turn on all the lights ahead of time to each room.
3. Turn on the HEAT
-Heat that house a few degrees warmer before showing, turn down thermostat before leaving. Give it a warm welcome to the guests.
-If you have a fireplace or wood burner that is a center point, start a fire to make the house COZY, especially on a COLD Day.
-Here is an opportunity to have the house come alive...If you have a nice sound system without commercial breaks have playing as background Music.
-Create a spa like feeling in your bathrooms by using decorative pieces to tie it all together.
-Place Winter flowers in Living room and rooms that could use some staging.
-Be careful of Scents, some people are highly sensitive or allergic to them.
5. Make it Visually POP
-Display Photographs and artwork that compliment the room, careful, too much can be cluttering and a turn of to buyers.
-CLEAN everything that is eyesight of the buyer and agents, this, includes: cobwebs, vacuum, windows, ceiling fans, carpet, light fixtures and switches, appliances, sinks, floors and rooms.
-Empty trash and recycling Bins
-re-caulk if needed
-If you cant be home to stage the house with the lights, use timers and preset them before agents and buyers arrive.
-Make sure your answering devices are turned to mute, have all computers and TVs off too.
-Motion sensors can be a nice addition for lighting in areas around the outside of the house.
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