It is a very common myth that winter is a terrible time to sell a home. As a result, there’s a lot less competition in the market during the colder months, and a blanket of fresh snow can show off your house, if you play it right.
- Keep windows clean and drapes open as much as possible to bring in natural light.
- Keep pathways clear (no one wants to slip and fall) and pick up any pet indiscretions as snow always looks best when white!
- The winter months can leave your home smelling musty, therefore it is imperative to air it out frequently. It’s also a great idea to bake something before a showing to fill the house with a warm winter-friendly aroma of cinnamon, ginger or apple.
- Hide boots, shovels, and snowsuits. They remind potential buyers that winter can be drudgery.
- Raise the thermostat a few degrees before a showing for your home to be warm and inviting. You want people to be comfortable and happy when viewing your home.
- Too many throws, blankets, and heaters scattered around your home can leave the impression of a cold house with a bad heating system. Whenever possible, use the fireplace as an alternative.
- When buyers leave your home with a great impression, you won’t have to fear the sometimes dreaded winter real estate months!
Text by Joe Mancuso, As Seen in Canadian Home Trends Magazine