Making a House Feel Like Home

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

Making a House Feel Like Home

After touring a handful of beautifully staged homes this afternoon with a new buyer-client, there was just something missing in the first two.  And it wasn't until we got to the last one that we realized what it was.  

WARMTH.

I'm not talking about homey decor and warm colors on the wall.  I'm talking about heat.  

It was forty degrees in our area today and the first two homes we visited were great, but appeared to be vacant, yet staged.  All the staging in the world isn't going to make a home sell when the buyers are shivering inside.  Especially if you've asked them to remove their shoes and the hardwood flooring throughout is turning their toes to icicles.

When your home is on the market, and you are no longer living in it, it is tempting to become miserly with the thermostat.  If you want a buyer to feel at home in your house, leave it at a warm, inviting temperature.  Nothing tropical.  At least around 70 degrees.

 

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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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Yes, I tell sellers to keep it at a minimum 60 but preferably warmer. Just don't let the darn pipes freeze. Some sellers turn off the heat and even in a place like Sacramento, where you don't expect it to get all that cold, it can still freeze some nights.

Nov 25, 2012 08:47 AM #1
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Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
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Hi Chris Ann,

Too funny... but oh so true.  Please have some heat on during the cold days.  Thanks and best of success to you this year and the next!

Nov 25, 2012 08:47 AM #2
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Nancy Conner
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I wasn't sure where you were going with that title, but I echo that request to sellers to please, please leave enough heat on that it doesn't feel colder inside than outside!
Nov 25, 2012 08:51 AM #3
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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Elizabeth:  When it's colder inside a house than outside where it's 40 degrees, that's a problem.

Jordon:  It hurts to pay that bill to heat a vacant house, but it won't be one you'll be paying for long.

Nancy:  And the same goes for the A/C in the summer.  

Nov 25, 2012 09:02 AM #4
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Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker-Associate - Naples, FL

Chris, I agree warm in the north an cool in the south or air conditioning in the summer.  If a home is uncomfortable buyers will tune it out.

Nov 25, 2012 09:46 AM #5
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Christine:  It's so true.  If buyers can't stand to be there and spend time in it, it's on to the next one.

Nov 25, 2012 09:48 AM #6
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Dagny Eason
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Chris Ann - So very true!    Got to be warm on these freezing days, or the buyers will run for the car for warmth!

Nov 25, 2012 10:18 AM #7
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Dagny:  A cold house, no matter how bundled up someone is, just does not feel inviting.

Nov 25, 2012 10:21 PM #8
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