It's no secret that there are not as many sales of Greater Portland Maine real estate during the winter. However, there are sales during every month. Sometimes Maine homeowners choose to time a move during the spring or summer months, but it really depends on individual circumstance. Do you currently have your home on the market, or are you considering selling while the ground is still frozen? Here are some of the top things you can do to sell your home during the Maine winter months.
1. Curb appeal: Thoroughly shovel walkways. We recommend making sure you shovel beyond the edges of the walkways. A crowded walkway between high snow banks presents very differently than a stately, wide path.
2. Lighting: With shorter daylight hours, maximize lighting. Open window treatments, maximize wattage on light bulbs and leave all lights on. (Walking into a well-lit home produces a cozy, warming effect).
3. Mud-room: Clear shoes, coats and mittens. Tuck them away in a closet and make sure there is comfortable space for buyers to remove their shoes and hang coats.
4. Heat: Turn up the thermostat. We recommend setting it on 70 degrees or higher. We want a home to feel warm and inviting.
5. Focus on the details: dust and vacuum daily, wash windows, polish fixtures and make sure trash and recycling is removed prior to showings. If you have pets, make sure to focus on removing fur and hair.
Feel free to share your best tips for winter. For more news and tips for Maine real estate, visit Maine Property Pulse.
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