Selling Your House During the Winter Months

Selling Your House During the Winter Months

Sunshine Canon City CO Dena Stevens Realtor (719)369-9087Here are a few thoughts if you are trying to sell your home during the winter. Keep these items in mind and help sell your house when your competition is a cold vacant REO or forclosed property.

  • Turn the lights on and open the drapes and blinds. Lights help make a space not only more inviting but makes them look bigger. Safety first, turn on outdoor lights as well.
  • Control the smells, a challenge year around. In the winter it’s hard to open the windows to allow the smells to dissipate.
  • Encourage daylight showings. This should be obvious enough. When the sun is out it’s safer, you can see more and it encourages potential buyers to look everywhere including the yard.
  • Don’t overheat the house. Visitors will be coming in usually quickly and will be wearing coats.
  • Control the seasonal clothing, even in a mud room. Do your best to get coats and boots out of the way.
  • Decorate the house but don’t go overboard. You’re selling your house not your decorations. Stay festive but don’t overkill.
  • Sweep the walks and try to make it easy and convenient to get into the property. If buyers have to manage snow drafts they may not make the effort.
  • If you are in a condo complex or the like make sure the commons areas look as nice as possible as well. This is probably your buyers first impression of your property.

Originally posted : Dec 7, 2011

Please contact Dena Stevens (719) 369-9087 today to buy or sell your Fremont County, Canon City, Florence, Penrose property.

About Dena Stevens (719) 369.9087

Putting the 'real' into REALTOR since 2004 Ask about vacant land, ranch land or residential properties. Loyalty and devotion are things buyers and sellers expect from their Realtor as well as the fiduciary responsibility of due diligence. Dena is a certified Ecobroker, focused on sustainability, energy efficiency and the environment and is a Certified Sales Professional from the Association of Home Builders. Specialties: A client once said "you put the 'real' into REALTOR" to me. I took it as a complement and I've been using it ever since, I'm a no nonsense kind of person. I've been helping people buy and sell real estate since 2004. Associate Broker REALTOR Certified Sales Professional (CSP) Short Sale Foreclosure Resource (SFR) Ecobroker GHSP The Fair Housing Act is a federal act in the United States intended to protect the buyer or renter of a dwelling from seller or landlord discrimination. Its primary prohibition makes it unlawful to refuse to sell, rent to, or negotiate with any person because of that person's inclusion in a protected class.
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3 Responses to Selling Your House During the Winter Months

  1. Karen Rice says:

    Very good advice. I just wrote a blog for buyers looking at homes in the winter! Many of my clients come from areas that are considerably warmer than where we are – sometimes a 10 degree or several inches of snow difference! Here many people winterize their vacation homes to keep costs down when not using them…so buyers are shocked at how chilly it can be inside! I always advise my sellers to hire someone to make sure that driveways and walkways are cleared of snow during the winter – buyers who are cold and have wet feet are not going to be in very good moods! 🙂

  2. Karen,
    I’ve heard tale that Pike County PA can get very cold! How fortunate that your sellers have you to advise them. A warm buyer could make the difference between a happy buyer and an unhappy showing.