Winter Selling Tips To Prepare Your Home For The Real Estate Market

Posted on: 26 October 2021

When you go to list your home for sale, you have high hopes that you can sell it quickly and for a great price to collect as much equity as you can. However, selling during the winter can make the process a bit more challenging because of the dreary weather and cold frozen landscaping. Here are some recommendations you can use as you are preparing to sell your house for top dollar this winter.

Stage Your Home Interior

The inside of your home should be cleaned, tidy, and in a state that is attractive and showcases your home's interior spaces best. It is important that you get rid of clutter and extra items that sit around inside your home, as they can detract from your home's true value and use, especially to a buyer who is viewing it for the first time. Remove all clutter and personal items from inside your home, and consider renting a storage space to keep your extra items until your home sells. 

If your home is vacant because you have already moved out, seriously consider hiring a staging company to set up a few of the main living spaces in your home to showcase their size and capacity. It can be easier for a buyer to visualize furniture in a space that is furnished, and it can make the rooms appear larger.

Prepare Essential Systems and Components

During the winter you can still sell your home, but it can be a bit more challenging with the snowy weather and less hours of daylight. You can make sure that each home showing will best showcase your home's warmth and comfort by making sure the furnace is working as it needs to. Hire a professional HVAC technician to tune-up the furnace and make sure there are no problems that will cause it to break down in the middle of its time on the market. This is important especially if your home is vacant and you do not visit it regularly, as you don't want the furnace to break and cause freezing in the pipes. 

If your home has a fireplace, have it inspected and cleaned out before you list your home. This will make sure that you can showcase this part of your home by lighting a fire on snowy evenings during a showing or over a weekend of open houses. Having the fireplace serviced, maintained, inspected, and cleaned will be beneficial to any buyer as it will protect them against a potential fire in the fireplace or chimney from soot and creosote build-up.

Also go through your home and make sure all the lighting is working properly for evening and late showings. It is important that all bulbs work so they can properly illuminate through your home to best showcase your home's interior and outside. It is better to have all the lighting working so your home does not appear dark or dreary and it can sparkle and shine to show its true value.

For more information, contact a real estate professional and tell them "I want to sell my home."