As all local residents know, the winter will still be with us in Vanderhoof for a little while longer, and some people feel they may not be able to list their property for sale. Believe it or not, real estate sales do not drop completely in the winter, and there are some things you can do yourself to help sell your home, and we’re going to discuss them in this article.
Exterior Cleanup and Maintenance
When potential buyers arrive at your home for a viewing, what do you think is the first thing they notice? The exterior of course! This is the viewer’s first impression of your home, and first impressions are everything when it comes to selling real estate. So make sure your home looks its best by clearing any snow/ice off of the side of the house, windows sills, etc.
Also make sure your walkways and driveway are clear of snow and ice, as snow can cover up these areas and prevent the viewer from seeing the size of the driveway, and where the walkways are located. This also keeps them safe when entering your home.
Illuminate your home
Even though the dark winter days are starting to get shorter, the remaining days of winter can still be dark, grey, and sometimes gloomy. Due to this, you’ll want to make sure your home looks bright and welcoming, inside and out. You can do this by opening all blinds and curtains, and turning on all exterior and interior lights. Don’t forget to illuminate the hallways and closets if possible.
Adjust the heat
The temperature inside your home is critical when it comes to selling a home in the winter. You want potential buyers to stick around as long as possible when viewing your home, and if it feels cold and unwelcoming, they’re likely to rush out of there. Make sure your heat is running well before anyone shows up at your home, this way it will feel nice and warm when they arrive, and they also won’t hear the noise of the furnace starting up, which can be distracting for some people.
Setting the Mood
It may not be everyone’s favorite season, but no one can argue that the winter can actually be quite beautiful. Try setting the mood inside your home with a few well lit candles, the fireplace roaring in the living room, and some wine and snacks placed around the coffee table or dinner table. This will make the potential buyer feel very warm and comfortable, and can help them picture themselves living there, enjoying the view of the winter season from the warm and comfort of their own home.
These are just a few tips to prepare your property for sale in Vanderhoof this winter. For more information contact us at RE/MAX Vanderhoof today!