Preparing for a Winter Home Showing

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Real Estate Agent with Nazareth,Easton, Bethlehem - Prudential Patt, White

While many sellers decided to take their home off the market right before the holidays, some don't have the convenience to do so. It's a bit more work selling during the winter. But your home might have the advantage because there are always buyers who have to move and one more good thing, there is a lot less competition.

On the Outside- With ice and snow, how do you get ready for showings? The first bit of advice, always keep the walkways clear! Keep plenty of salt on hand and make sure the driveways and walkways free of the white stuff. If your home is well shoveled buyers will get the first impression that tells them you this is a well maintained home. You might consider hiring a service to come out automatically so you won't have to rush home or do it all on your own.

One the inside- Your ultimate goal during any season is to make sure the buyer can easily picture themselves living in the home. Buyers should be encouraged to feel that your home is "warm and cozy" so make sure to adjust the thermostat to a warmer temperature which will encourage them to stay longer.  If buyers are warm and comfortable they may stay longer which gives them more time to envision themselves in your space. If you have a fireplace you might want to have the hearth set for a fire, which will help the buyers envision the potential yet avoid any fire safety concerns.

Another idea to warm up your home is to add a throw to your couch and fold your bedding down slightly. Again setting the stage for comfort. 

While your at it, keep a tub of Pillsbury Cookie Dough in your fridge and throw a few on right before the showing. Leave a plate of cookies for your guests, a pot of coffee, or maybe a few bottles of water. First impressions can really make a buyer feel important and comfortable in your home. Even if they don't indulge they will want to and it will make them think about your home when they leave and remember how nice you were to leave the goodies out for them! 

These are just a few tips - but I would love to hear others I had not thought of!

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Comments (7)

Gary Bolen
McCall Realty - South Lake Tahoe, CA
CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information

Ours are vacation homes and mostly vacant this time of year. We normally have the client use their snow removal service to keep things clear, though we've shoveled a lot of other peoples snow.

The cookies are a good idea, as is the temperature. Mostly though, it's the pr4ice that's too hot.

cheers 

Dec 13, 2007 12:20 PM
Heather Moriah Martin
eXp Realty - Allentown, PA
REALTOR - Lehigh Valley

Hello Jill & Ron!

Great Idea's for seller's and Real Estate Associates!  I work Exclusively with Buyer's but you article interested me mostly because you where a familar face as I am also working in the Lehigh Valley Real Estate Territory.  I am a newbie here...and just wanted to tell you that your blog is very impressive!

Warmest Regards, Moriah Martin

Dec 13, 2007 12:23 PM
Steve Glose
Keller Williams Classic Group - Orlando, FL
TRC, CIPS, 407-616-7286, Orlando Real Estate, Orla
Jill- These are some great tips. I will share them with my team.
Dec 13, 2007 12:25 PM
Kimberly Grant
Exit Leon Crawford Realty - Huntsville, AL
Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama
Jill I love your tips.  I especially like the ones about the cookies.  If you can, I like to get to the home early so I can bake the cookies IN THE HOME.  Not only will it help warm the home but that fresh baked smell is very inviting!
Dec 13, 2007 12:32 PM
Ron Fuhrer
Nazareth,Easton, Bethlehem - Prudential Patt, White - Nazareth, PA
Lehigh Valley PA Homes

Gary! Your so right about the price. Nothing can be more important.

 

Moriah- Welcome to AR! Keep coming back. You will learn a lot and it can be addicting at times! Its great to have a rescource of so mnay smart and wonderful people! Hope to see you around.

Steve - Glad to hear you liked them! I am sending this to our sellers myself now.

Kim - Yes, its great to have them baked in the home. I think it helped sell my last personal home. We sold it on an open house! I hear baked cookies are the number one choice of what people want to smell in homes, makes sense.

 

 

Dec 14, 2007 01:49 PM
Jennifer Hartwick
Crane and Crane Real Estate - Columbia, MO
Keeping the walks clean can become a big issue, who wants to slip and fall on the way into a showing?! 
Dec 15, 2007 02:22 PM
Linda Sticklin
Home Staging & Organizing - Berwyn, PA
This time of year can feel especially dreary. Add some cut flowers or greenery to the indoors to make it feel more "sunny."
Dec 21, 2007 10:47 AM