Preparing your home to sell in the winter months

Conventional wisdom suggests spring, summer and the early part of fall are the best time to sell a house. After all, this is when the weather is warm, the leaves are budding, and plants are blooming in a variety of beautiful colors that perfectly complement your home, telling potential buyers that yes, this is the home they want to move into.

But sometimes you end up having to sell in winter. This doesn’t mean you have to sit out a season and wait for the singing birds and buzzing bees to put your house in the market. Plenty of people sell their home — even above the asking price — in the winter.

But in order to maximize your home’s appeal in the winter, you’ll need to get your home ready to sell in the cold weather. Before the first snow falls, prepare by following these steps:

Install outdoor lighting

Take the time to go around the house and install light fixtures around the outside of your house. Some of the most important places include sconces on either side of the door, a lighted pathway and landscaping lights that highlight some of your bushes or trees.

When the days get shorter, snow falls and skies remain gray, a well-lit exterior can make a big impact on your curb appeal and the first impression potential buyers have of your home.

Take plenty of photos of your home during other seasons

To give people a sense of what your home looks like during the rest of the year, make sure to take plenty of photos of it during the summer and fall. You’ll want to pay particular attention to any landscape features, the yard and, of course, your amazing porch or patio in all its summer glory.

Seal any potential leaks

Every relator will tell you that when showing your house in winter, you want the heat on. Additionally, if possible, get the fireplace roaring.

One of the worst things to happen is for a potential buyer to feel a draft or a blast of cold air seeping into an otherwise warm house. In the minds of many buyers, this is a sign of shoddy construction that points to high energy bills and even bigger problems down the line.

Take the time to stop drafts in and around your house by doing the following:

  • Install weatherstripping around doors and windows, including the attic access door.
  • Use squirt foam or caulk to seal any gaps around windows or elsewhere.
  • Seal any spaces around flues and chimneys.

For more advice on how to sell your home in winter, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. No matter the season, they know the market and can help you get top dollar for your home.

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