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!