Spring is always advertised as the best time to sell a home but the fall and winter market is a great time too! What should you do to keep your house looking it’s best and ready to sell?
Keep up with your system maintenance. Now is the time to turn on the heat and and stoke up the fire. Make sure your heating system is serviced and trouble-free and it’s a great time to clean the chimneys and make sure your woodstoves and fireplaces are safe and in working order. Regular maintenance will keep all your appliances working properly.
Keep up with the outside maintenance also. Keep the grass cut, leaves raked, or snow shoveled so the yard looks its best and is safe for showings. You might want to pull out some spring photos you have of the house. The fall and winter look of your home may be cozy but you also want sellers to see what it looks like with flowers blooming and grass growing.
Take advantage of the seasonal decor. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas can show your home in a great light. A cozy fire and great aromas such as potpourri simmering on the stove can add to the homey feel of the home. Keep the decorations light and classic. Halloween pumpkins and mums and gourds are a great look, but avoid the gore and scary aspects of Halloween, such as spider webs, Friday the 13th characters or scary masks. For Thanksgiving and Christmas, less is more. Classic decorations are in order rather than over the top lights and displays.
Lighting is important when we turn the clocks back and it gets darker earlier. Make sure there is plenty of lighting inside and out to keep the home bright and cozy. Showings may be after dark, and a lit up yard can help potential buyers see the yard better.
There may be less showings at this time of year, but buyers are usually serious. Try to be flexible with showings so buyers have the chance to get in and see the house according to their schedules. The days may be getting shorter but there is still plenty of time to sell your home.
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