A good number of people consider selling a home during winter months a less than ideal situation. The main challenges faced during this time are as a result of the cold and stormy weather being experienced. Of course, this is true but neither should you lose hope nor be discouraged. The most important keys to progressing a potential buyer into an active buyer are first impressions and lasting impressions. So what should you do when selling a home during winter?
Potential buyers tend to turn away from homes being sold because of the slightest discomfort or issue that comes up. However, when you address a few key areas, it becomes possible to avoid any winter woes. Some of the tips on how to maximize the showing potential of your home in winter include:
- Monitor Your Home’s temperature
Don’t assume that buyers are only viewing your home at any instance. The fact is that they are travelling around viewing several homes before they make their selection. Due to the cold weather, they will always be dressed for the outdoors. Monitor the temperature of your home and sure it is favorable to them as they come in. You can get help from Qualified Realtors.
- Winter Shouldn’t be an Obstacle
Despite the fact that it’s storming and cold, buyers are still motivated to come. You don’t have to make it more of a chore for them. If they are ready to go out in that weather don’t let them turn away. Shovel your walkway and driveway to allow for accessibility. You might just see the buyers turn away because you’ve made them hike to your doorway risking snow in their boots, and socks.
- You must Prepare
Preparation applies in nearly everything you’ll ever want to do. What should you be prepared for? Have a “Shoes Off” sign. Be prepared for the wet snowy boots and shoes. A mat can help in protecting your wood or stone flooring. Have an appropriate storage area or a shoe tray for the shoes. This should also apply for the hats, scarves and winter jackets. In other words, ensure there is proper organization.
- Have adequate lighting in Every Room
To this point you must be aware the days during the winter months are usually shorter. The natural light also tends to be much less. It is important to have adequate lighting in all rooms so that your buyers are not in the dark. Remember they are juts from the cold. Keeping bright light during winter will allow you to set the mood lighting thus saving the buyers from the hustle of fumbling for light switches. As already indicated, first impressions matter. You home should be an oasis from the cold.
- Pet-Friendly-and Well Groomed
Do you have pets in your home? If the answer is yes ensure they appear clean, especially your dog. You don’t want to see your wet, smelling dog welcoming your buyers at the door front. Also, ensure those doggy outfits and dirty slush-soaked towels aren’t laying around. The impression given to the buyer will determine whether to buy your home or not.