Winter weather has a reputation for chilling the real estate market, but with a few simple housekeeping tasks and some planning it doesn’t have to. You can still make the most of the season and secure an above-asking price offer on your house with these three tips:
One of the best tips we can offer is to let there be light. Have all lights on, leaving all blinds and curtains open. Change any energy-saving bulbs to brighter ones for showings. Plan to schedule showings in the middle of the day so that you can take advantage of the natural light. Since it gets darker so much earlier in the winter, it’s important to make sure there is as much natural light as possible throughout the house. Fresh paint in a light neutral color provides an immaculate blank slate for buyers.
Wash your windows! Whether you pay to have it done or do it yourself, potential buyers will notice if they are dirty, plus, you guessed it… it lets in more light!
Mind the heat. When hosting an open house, you want it warm – but don’t go overboard. People tend to overdo the heat for a showing to combat the colder weather, but prospective buyers who are coming in with coats and hats and scarves will quickly get too warm and uncomfortable. We suggest keeping the temperature between 68 and 70 degrees. Turning up the heat also will increase the amount of dust in your home. Having your system professionally cleaned will keep dust to a minimum and reduce the risk of an uncomfortable experience for potential buyers who are more susceptible to airborne dust.
Finally, now it’s time to consult with your Realtor because an expert agent can advise on how to prepare your home to make a beautiful first impression and attract maximum attention (and prospective buyers). At RE/MAX Homes and Estates, our expert agents know the market, the comparable sales and the trends, and are committed to advising sellers how to get top dollar for their primary investment. Click here to consult with an expert Realtor at RE/MAX Homes and Estates.