After finally saving up enough money to use as a down payment, I decided that it was time to hit the market. I met with a lender, got pre-approved for a loan, and then started visiting different properties. However, I quickly realized that I didn't know as much about real estate as I would have hoped. I wanted to find a great neighborhood and know what to ask the professionals, but I could tell that I needed a little help. To point me in the right direction, I started working with a great real estate agent who was familiar with the area. This blog is all about educating the general public on real estate matters.
One of the biggest challenges that comes along with selling a house in the winter season is there are not as many folks on the lookout for a new home at this particular time of year, especially if you live in an area that is prone to cold temperatures and lots of snow. The good news is, even though there are not a lot of buyers looking for a home in the winter, those who are can be really serious about getting into something as fast as possible.
So if you decide you want to put your home on the market in the middle of winter, you will have to be diligent about a few things to attract the right buyers. Here are a couple good tips to keep in mind.
Keep the snow shovel handy
Keeping your driveway cleared of snow and walkway safe for walking will make your home look more enticing to onlookers, but will also make it easier on anyone who stops in to see your home. No one wants to show up for a showing appointment and find they have to traverse through a mountain of snowbanks to get out of their car and to the front door.
Make the most of the snow when it falls
If you get a hefty snow just before a showing, take the opportunity to set up a friendly snowman in the front yard to greet the potential buyers. Nothing says a home is a fun place to live quite like a snowman erected outside. Plus, you could have a little fun with marketing and stick a for sale sign in the snowman's hands.
Be conscious of incoming weather conditions
The weather in the winter season can be erratic and unpredictable. So if you schedule an appointment for a showing or an open house, make sure you keep tabs on the weather channel all week. If a major snow storm starts to develop, go ahead and be courteous to potential buyers by rescheduling their visit.
Skip over-the-top holiday embellishment
Garland spiraled around the stair railing or a wreath on the door are all fine when your home is on the market, but stick with more low-key decor all around. Don't go too crazy with lawn decorations in massive sizes or are a bit gaudy. Even keep the holiday decor inside the home classic and tasteful to make the best impressions on a buyer. After all, you could easily have a buyer stop in who does not celebrate the holidays the same as you, and could be turned off altogether by the home if the decor is too much.Share