Present Your Home As A Warm, Cozy Refuge
More than any other season, this is the time of year when most people want to snuggle into their homes tucked away from the cold weather. If people are out looking at available homes for sale at the Lake of the Ozarks, they're probably serious about buying a home in the very near future. This is good news for you, but it's important to make sure your home will appeal to these buyers during this time of year.
5 Tips To Sell Your House In The Wintertime
Whether this is your first or your tenth time selling your house, our real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help you simplify the process. Here are a few things you can do to make your home more appealing during the cold winter months.
1. Use The Season To Your Advantage
If you stage it correctly, your home can exude an irresistible romantic appeal in the wintertime. Remember, people want to feel comfortable and cozy in their new homes; if you stage your home as a warm refuge from the cold winter weather, buyers are more likely to be drawn to your home. Here are a few tips to get started:
- If you have a gas or electric fireplace, turn it on before showings.
- Fill vases with wintry floral displays (dark reds, whites, pine/cedar sprigs, etc).
- Stage your bedroom with a thick bedspread and luxurious pillows.
- Accent your couch, armchairs, and other furniture with soft, cozy throws.
- Keep your thermostat set to 70 or 71°.
There's something incredibly picturesque about a home blanketed in snow, but unfortunately snow and ice can also be incredibly treacherous. If your home is currently on the market, it is more important than ever to keep your driveway, front porch, and any outdoor walkways clear. Shovel the snow out of the way as soon as possible, and use salt or deicer to prevent your walkways from becoming too slick.
3. Keep Things Light
No matter what time of year it is, bright homes tend to sell more quickly. With the limited daylight hours in winter, however, you'll have to work harder to keep your home bright and welcoming. Turn on all the overhead lights, floor lamps, and table lamps. You may need to consider adding a few more lamps to accent any darker areas.
4. Emphasize Conveniences
During the winter months, buyers are likely to be especially conscious of the potential inconveniences winter weather can bring. If your home offers any unique advantages in the winter months (such as being close enough to the school that the kids don't have to wait outside in the cold, or being located on a street that gets plowed frequently), make sure your agent emphasizes these advantages to every buyer.
5. Illuminate The Exterior
With such limited daylight, it's important to make sure your home has great curb appeal even in the dark. In addition to your front porch lights, consider installing miniature lanterns or other small lights to line your driveway or walkway to your front door. You can never know when a potential buyer will drive past your house, so it's important to make sure your exterior lights are on every single evening. Putting your lights on a timer so they turn on and off automatically may make this easier.
Eagle's Nest Realty Is Here For You!
If you're thinking about selling your house at the Lake of the Ozarks this winter, contact Eagle's Nest Realty, Inc. would be honored to help you make it happen! Visit our website at EaglesNestRealty.net to learn more about selling at the Lake and how we can help make the process easier. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (877) 452-5338.
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