Now that it is officially winter, it is time to focus on selling your home during the cooler months. While a number of people think of winter as a slower time to sell, the buyers who are looking during the winter are serious about finding a home. You want to take advantage of these potential buyers who are dedicated to purchasing a home at the Lake of the Ozarks. There are a few tips to selling your home in the winter, some of which are provided below by Eagle’s Nest Realty.
1. Focus on Curb Appeal
During the winter months, many think curb appeal does not matter – they are wrong! A number of potential buyers will drive by a property, before deciding to schedule a showing. If the curb appeal outside your home is not up to par, you may miss out on a number of buyers as they drive off. Remember to keep any leaves or yard debris cleaned up and your plants trimmed back. If you experience snow, be sure to clear your sidewalk and front porch to make it easy for buyers to enter your home.
2. Lighten Up the Interior
The sun sets earlier and earlier in the winter months. Focus on the lighting inside your home, when it is for sale. You want to create a bright, inviting space for potential buyers to experience. Lighting is a major factor that sets the mood for a home. Ensure your space is well light if you are selling this winter.
3. Crank the Heat
While you may not normally keep your home that warm, you should when a showing is scheduled. Potential buyers are braving the cold to come look at your home, invite them in with a warm, cozy space. You want to make buyers feel comfortable in your home, crank the heat up a few degrees to accomplish a warm and memorable home.
4. Be Flexible
While a number of activities may be taking place, especially during the holiday season, keep your schedule flexible. If a potential buyer cannot schedule a showing within a few tries, they may become discouraged and move on to the next house. If your schedule is flexible, you won’t miss out on potential buyers looking at your home.
If you have a feature in your home that stands out during the winter months, showcase it! A fireplace is a great example of a feature that is mainly used during the winter months. Make sure your fireplace is cleaned up, before showing your home to potential buyers.
6. Consider Adding Fragrance
While adding a scent to your home can be a bit tricky, keep it basic. A neutral, winter smell would be a nice touch for buyers as they make their way through your home this winter. Try to keep the scents neutral in order to avoid being overpowering. A light pine cone or clean fragrance is typically appealing to most people.
7. Increase the Cozy Factor
You want potential buyers to feel comfortable, when they enter your home. Create a cozy space in which they can imagine themselves relaxing. Add a throw blanket to the chair, couch, and even to the foot of the master bed. Simply adding a warm throw can help increase the cozy factor when your home is for sale.
With winter officially here, now is the time to get your home prepared for a successful showing. The buyers who are currently looking are dedicated and seriously looking to buy a house at the Lake of the Ozarks. You always want to put your best foot forward and represent your home in the best light. The tips found above can help you when selling your house during the cooler months of the year. If you are interested in putting your home on the market, contact Eagle’s Nest Realty today! We would be pleased to help you through the home selling process this winter!