Trying to sell your house in winter? As a real estate agent I know that can be a challenge in Vermont. On the other hand, fewer homes on the market means yours will get more attention from buyers. By upping the cozy factor, making the most of winter assets, and paying attention to details, you can make your house really stand out.
Here are my 8 easy tips to help you sell your house in winter.
1. Clear all exterior walkways and driveways of snow and ice.
Make sure it is easy for potential buyers to make it from their car to the front door. You don’t want someone clomping through snow or slipping on ice before they even enter your house. Provide cleared parking!
2. Decluttered and organize the mudroom.
First impressions make a big impact, so make sure the entry mudroom is clean and free of clutter. Ask visitors to remove footwear outside and keep family gear hidden in a closet or trunk. Daily sweeping and/or mopping will keep the room looking fresh, and more importantly, will show you prefer keeping the dirt outdoors.
If you have a gas fireplace or wood-burning stove, keep the welcoming fire lit. Make sure it’s been cleaned for the season so it smells only faintly of burning wood.
4. Make each room feel cozy.
A folded blanket draped over the back of an armchair, a plump quilt at the foot of the bed, decorative lighting, a fire in the fireplace. These small touches will make a big difference in the way a room feels to prospective buyers. Winter days can be dark and dreary, so leave lights on, even during the day. A well-lit house is much more inviting than a dark, chilly one.
If you have a covered porch, outdoor fireplace, or four-season room, be sure to keep the area furnished. Hang some outdoor lights, build a fire in the fireplace, and drape some cozy blankets over your porch furniture.
6. Highlight rooms where indoor fun is the name of the game.
Do you have a game room? Well let the games begin! Rack up the balls, have the foosball table ready to go, and make sure the wet bar is stocked with drinks for both kids and adults. Winter is the time to catch up on movies. Have the movie room set up and ready to go.
Winter parties break up the monotony of long dark days. If you have a room suitable for entertaining, do a little festive decorating, set out a vase of flowers, a bottle of wine, and a few glasses. Make it look like you are ready to host a cocktail party.
8. Leave some structure in your gardens.
A blooming garden is beautiful in summer, but hard to imagine in winter. Pergolas, planters, archways, and woody plants can add structure to a garden, so leave them standing in the fall and allow them to collect snow in the winter. They are more visually appealing than an empty yard.
When you’re ready to sell your house this winter, give me a call!