5 Tips to Help You Sell Your House During Winter
When you shop for shorts and tank tops you know the best time to buy them is in the off-season. Why? Because they’re discounted.
The same goes for house hunting because homes are harder to sell in the off-season. Unfortunately this isn’t good news if you’re the seller because you want to make sure you get the highest value for your home. Here are 5 tips to help you sell your house during winter without having to discount it too much.
1. Pick up, clean up
One of the things you can do is to clean your house and declutter it. Pick up the entryway, make it seem appealing, and then work on other areas of the house such as the closets. People love and need storage space, so if your closets are packed to the brim, take at least half of the stuff out and organize the rest. It will make the closet seem bigger.
Putting things away makes the home seem more open and appealing. Think of it this way, would you want to walk through a cluttered home?
2. Stay relevant
When posting your photos online, make sure you have the most up-to-date photos available. If it’s winter, don’t have spring time photos up. Take a picture with the beautiful white snow on your yard with a bright blue sky.
3. Light it up
When you or your realtor show the house, turn on the lights and make it bright. More light in the home makes it appear more open and bigger. Another tip you can use, especially if snow has fallen and it’s bitter cold outside, is to make it toasty inside. If a potential buyer walks into a warm home, it’s going to make the overall experience seem more welcoming.
4. Fix the must haves
Updating your house could be a big payoff when selling your home depending on which parts you update. For instance, you should start with the must haves such as updating your wiring or buying a new water heater. Potential buyers would be happier to move into a home where everything works than having a deck that was just re-done.
After fixing the must haves, you can move on to renovating the home to make it more modern. Big renovations are a complete waste if you only focus on one area of the house. Instead, try to make small changes throughout your home to make the changes look cohesive.
5. Stay flexible
If someone is trudging through the winter weather to get to your home you need to make sure you’re available when they are, not the other way around. In addition, keep your home “show ready” at all times so you don’t feel rushed if someone wants to look at it on short notice.
What tips helped you sell your house during winter?