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8 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Fall & Winter

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The temperature is finally dropping, but that doesn’t mean that the real estate market is cooling down! While many decide to wait until spring and summer to sell, the colder months may just be the perfect time. Not only are there typically fewer properties on the market, giving you a chance to stand out, but cooler weather means buyers are more likely to want to spend the day perusing houses.

If you do decide you want to list this coming season, we have a few tips on how to make your home stand out among the crowd!

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Keep up with your curb appeal

Selling Your Home in Fall & Winter

There’s no denying that the combination of fall and winter is a beautiful time of year. And while all those colorful leaves and picturesque snow falls make for fantastic curb appeal, your yard can become messy pretty quickly. Throughout the coming seasons, make sure you are keeping your landscaping clean and well taken care of by trimming broken branches, raking fallen leaves, sweeping your front stoop and shoveling any snow. Not only will it make your home look better, but it will keep potential buyers safe from falls.

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Create a cozy atmosphere

Buyers love being able to picture themselves cozying up in a home. So play into that warm, fuzzy fall and winter feeling by turning on your fireplace if you have one, adding seasonal scents, and sprucing up your spaces with blankets and pillows before showings. For more ideas, check out our guide to adding a bit of hygge to your home—a concept defined as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”

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Keep your seasonal decorations simple

Selling Your Home in Fall & Winter

As we begin to enter the holiday season, we’re starting to put out Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza decorations all across our rooms and fixtures. But if you’re planning on listing your home this season, you may want to keep things a little simpler this year. Consider simply adding a few strands of white string lights and some greenery, rather than massive, customized Christmas ornaments that will make it hard for potential buyers to picture themselves in the space.

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Make sure the inside is adequately lit

Fall and winter pose some serious lighting challenges. The days are short and clouds are often low and gray—which means making the extra effort to ensure your home is bright and inviting is a must. You can do this by adding some lamps, changing out light bulbs, opening your shades, investing in some flameless candles, or even painting your walls a lighter or more neutral shade. This will ensure that fall and winter buyers will be able to see everything your space has to offer!

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Keep your usual storage spaces clear

Selling Your Home in Fall & Winter

Colder weather means heavy winter coats, snow boots, scarves, sweaters, hats and more. While it’s easy to drop off your gear by the door, when trying to sell your home it may be better to store those out of sight. And, make sure to wipe up your entryway after getting home to clean up any snow residue and help keep everything clean and safe for any showings that might arise.

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Tune up your winter systems

Nothing will end a showing faster than having a major heating appliance malfunction during a tour! Don’t wait until your first open house to find out there’s something wrong with your furnace or fireplace. Before you list your home, hire an expert to inspect the heating systems throughout your home and make sure they are in tip-top shape.

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Check for drafts

Selling Your Home in Fall & Winter

Since the weather is cold outside, it’s easy for buyers to feel any drafts throughout your homes. This may signal to them that there’s something wrong with your heating system. So before your first showings, walk through your home and test your windows or doors for any air that is seeping through the cracks. Then, use caulk and weatherstripping where necessary to keep the chill out.

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Show buyers what they’re missing

As the leaves fall off of the trees and your flower beds become devoid of life and color, it can be easy for buyers to assume this is what your home looks like all the time. Combat these thoughts by putting out a few photos of your home, deck and yard to show buyers what they look like the rest of the year and help them envision spring and summer living in your spaces.

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Need some help?

If you’ve decided to list your home this season, give us a call! One of our knowledgeable agents will be able to help you navigate this process.

 

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