Spring and summer see a flurry of activity in the housing market. Winter is traditionally a slower time, but the “slower” usually refers to the number of total houses on the market, not to the length of time a seller waits for a buyer.
Winter is a wonderful time to sell your home.
Why? Fewer houses on the market mean less competition for you as a seller. Less competition means that you can get a better price from motivated buyers.
This doesn’t mean that selling your house quickly is a guarantee. There are some details that you will need to mindful of that are specific to the winter season.
Here are some steps to take to sell your house quickly in the winter time:
- Make sure your house is warm for house showings. Turn the heat up especially if the house is vacant so that the prospective buyers can take their time through the house.
- Think warm when you stage your house. Add pillows, blankets, tablecloths, curtains, rugs to the home to give the suggestion of cozy warmth. You can even go so far as to use warm colors like red, orange, and yellow.
- Add houseplants for a cozy feeling. There are many houseplants that work well in the winter like succulents and poinsettias.
- Go simple on the holiday decorations. You don’t want them to distract from the house itself. Plus you don’t want it to look cluttered.
- Make the home bright! Although this is a must for showing the house all year long, it’s even more important in the winter when it gets dark quickly outside. There is less opportunity to simply draw back the curtains for light. Add some more lamps and, if you are painting, choose light colors or white!
- Make room for coats. Prospective buyers will be looking for an entryway closet or coat hanger since they will come to your home with their own coats. Make sure your entryway closet looks tidy and decluttered since they will be looking at it!
- Add a rubber mat to keep your floors dry for those snowy or rainy days.
- Curb appeal still counts in the winter. Clear away dead plants leftover from the summer. Rake the leaves. If there is snow, be sure the walkways are clear so that they are safe for the prospective buyers. Although you may not be able to paint the exterior in the winter, you can still wash the outside to keep it clean.
- Check your outdoor entertaining areas. Instead of storing your furniture, consider keeping your furniture on your patio so buyers can visualize how to use the space in the spring and summer. Maybe even add a fire pit to give the suggestion of outdoor winter entertainment.
If you are in need of a seller’s agent, contact Amy Shair. She can guide you through the specifics on how to prepare your home for the winter market. With over twenty years as a realtor in the Triangle Area of North Carolina, she knows what’s best for selling your home in any season of the year.