Staging your home for a quick sale can be a time-consuming task, even more so during the winter months. Now that Thanksgiving is over, everyone is focused on Christmas and the winter months that follow. How is it possible to make a property look presentable in the snow? With ice, muddy snow, and everything else in between it can begin to feel like an overwhelming challenge.
Winter Is Coming
The weather can present a problem in terms of access to the home and the cleanliness of the interior. In some areas, this is not a big deal. Places like Arizona and Florida do not have to contend with snow and ice (must be nice). But if you live in Utah, Wyoming or other snowy states, winter can quickly become a real estate investor’s enemy.
Access to a home is crucial during the winter. Sidewalks and driveways can easily become danger areas as ice and snow can turn even the nicest yard into a skating rink. It’s a daily task to ensure that the driveways and walkways are clear and safe. Keep a good supply of rock salt or another de-icing agent on hand.
The last thing you want is a prospective buyer to slip on their way to the door. Remember if people have to trudge through knee-deep snow to reach your front door, it won’t look good for you as a seller. Keep the driveway shoveled and de-iced at all times. It’s also a good idea to clear snow off the eaves and edges of the roof. Make sure there are no dangers to the visitors to your home.
Keeping the inside of a home clean while the weather is cold and snowy presents a different challenge. This is compounded if your home is a popular showing. With numerous people coming in during a day, its a great idea to have plastic shoe covers to help stop the problem of snow and dirt getting tracked into your home.
During the cold months, it is a great idea to keep the house warm and inviting. If you have a fireplace, light it. The ambiance and warmth will help visitors to stay longer and explore all that your home has to offer. Ideally, you would like your home to be as inviting and interesting as possible. This is your chance to turn your home into a winter palace that will interest buyers from the moment they see it.
Have the house that you’re selling feel like home even more than usual. When the weather is cold, many people want to just stay inside and curl up under a blanket. It’s always a good plan to have your potential buyers see themselves having holidays and family gatherings in your home.
During the winter, it can be difficult to sell your property. Keep your potential buyers safe and sound and make sure they are well taken care of. If you went house shopping in the winter, how would you want the home to look? No one wants to slip on ice or be colder inside than outside. Think ahead of your competitors and get that sale!