Should I list my house for sale in the winter?

A. Winter can be an unappealing time of year to sell your home, but often necessity dictates that you sell at this time of year. Because winter is a dreary time of year, it’s especially important to make your home stand out. Here are some ideas:

Your home should always be warm when a realtor conducts a walkthrough with buyers. Set a timer on your thermostat so it’s warm when they arrive. Also make sure to check there are no leaks or problems with your ducts and vents. You don’t want cold rooms during a walkthrough.

It’s also important to ensure that your home is well lit. You want buyers to feel welcome and impressed. If a room has dim lighting or a burned-out bulb, it will take away from the overall appeal of the room. You may also consider spending a little extra money to upgrade your lighting fixtures. A well lit house is a powerful selling force.

Although your yard will be mostly winterized during the winter, there are ways to spruce it up. Start by clearing your yard of any broken branches or large patches of fallen leaves. It’s also important to ensure that any ice or snow on or near your home’s walkway is removed.

In addition to keeping your house well-lit and warm, there are other ways to make your home cozy and welcoming to buyers. This includes soft music, homemade treats, a lit fireplace if you have one and holiday decorations. You want to make every attempt to make buyers to feel as though they already live in your home when they walk through the door.

I’d be more than happy to discuss this further with you and answer any questions you may have. Just give me a call!


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