Top 5 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Fall or Winter
- September 22, 2021
- By Cody Battershill
Tip to Help Sell Your Home During the Colder Seasons
Are you thinking about selling your home during the fall or winter? While sales activity typically peaks in the spring, there are several actions you can take to make your home feel warm and inviting when moving forward with a sale amid cold weather.
Here are a handful of tips for you to consider when selling your home in the fall or winter that will help your transaction be a success! Also see:
#1 – Make a Summer Photo Album
With enough planning and anticipation, you can show buyers what your property looks like year-round by creating a photo album of how it looks in the spring and summer.
This album can be in the form of a digital slideshow or actual photos in a display case, either of which will help buyers envision how your home looks when vegetation is lush green and in full bloom.
All patios, decks, outdoor furniture, and other outdoor living/recreational spaces should be highlighted in this album. Also, make sure to photograph nearby ravines, parks, water features and green spaces to give potential buyers an idea of what it would be like living in your community during the warmer seasons.
#2 - First Impressions
Snow or leaf-covered walkways can make your curb appeal go from hero to zero real quick, so it’s absolutely in your best interests to keep your driveways, exterior furniture and patios clear and free of debris.
Clearing your outdoor spaces will help potential buyers explore these areas and get a good feel for them. Bringing attention to these features of your home will help any visitors envision themselves and their families using them accordingly during the warmer seasons. Also see:
#3 – Let the Light In
During the fall and winter, little natural light means you’ll have to use all sources available to brighten up your home. A few quick tips on letting the sunlight into your home during a winter sale:
- Open up your blinds and curtains will make your windows look more prominent and let the flow of natural light in during the daytime
- Change out dim lightbulbs for brighter ones to create a warm and sunny feel for showings at night
- Remove unnecessary area rugs to increase the reflectivity of light on your floors
- Use landscape lighting to highlight walkways and outdoor living spaces, boosting appeal but also guiding potential buyers to areas outside you want them to discover
- Scented candles can add another level to the experience visitors have while viewing your home, but don’t overdo it!
#4 – The Warmer, The Better
Button up your home and keep it warm by checking for any leaks wherever possible.
Window frames and door seals are the usual culprits, although older windows can themselves be total sieves when it comes to retaining heat within your home. Consider buying window films from your local home department store; they are inexpensive and will do the trick.
Ensure your home’s heating system is well-maintained and operating at its best. Consider turning up the heat a smidgeon over what you’re used to during the fall or winter to create a warm and inviting feeling inside your home for potential buyers.
#5 – Perform Standard Home Maintenance
Selling your home in winter means you should consider these critical repairs before opening your doors to potential buyers:
Kitchen appliances -> Ensure your refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave and hood fan are all in good working order. Kitchens are the focal point of any main floor, and potential buyers will quickly notice if something is broken or looks shabby.
Cabinets -> Another focal point of your home. Wherever they may be – kitchen, bathroom, utility room – make sure any scratches and dings are repaired as best as possible before showings. A big chip or scratch on a coloured cabinet is rather noticeable and will create the impression that your home is poorly maintained.
Bathtubs & Showers -> Fixtures should run free of mineral buildup and flow straight. Bathtub faucets and drains should all be free of rush stains (the reddish-brown coloured layer that forms on metal, a.k.a. iron oxide). There’s nothing more cringe-worthy than those stains when viewing bathrooms. The exhaust vents should be working perfectly.
Sinks & Faucets -> Water fixtures should run leak-free, and all drains should be cleared and efficient.
Walls & Ceilings -> Any holes from hanging art or pictures should be sealed up and painted accordingly. Also, consider removing any old-fashioned wallpaper, given that potential buyers are unlikely to share your exact tastes.
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to performing thorough home maintenance before selling your home in fall or winter. See our checklist for more tasks:
#6 - Clean Up Between Showings
Last but not least, make sure to tidy up as best as you can between showings. This one's a no-brainer.
Buy some shoe trays and keep a wet mop handy to clean up any slush and other muck that gets tracked into your home.
Ensure you don’t lose focus on the outside walkways too; they are just as important and should be de-iced/cleared regularly.
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