Tips for Showing Your Home in Winter

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group S-96414

Tips for Showing Your Home in Winter

Here in the Boston area, many folks feel that spring/summer are the best seasons to market your home, but facts tell me that this year buyers are actively trying to take advantage of interest rates and are out there making decisions right now!  In fact, our historic thoughts on real estate have been turned upside down in the past few years.   A recent study of the local market area proves that homes are moving, and quickly too, if they appeal to buyers!     

There are a few things that you can do to maximize your home's appeal during winter months.

Safety.   The most obvious thing is safety.    Make sure that your driveway and walks are clear of leaves, snow or ice prior to a showing.     Use ice melt, sand or whatever is necessary to enable a sure footing.   If at all possible, make it easy to park.   You don't want people thinking about how and where cars are going to go when the weather is white.  

Turn Up The Heat.   There is no question that we are all trying conserve these days, but this is not the time.   I can not tell you how many homes a buyer has gotten out of post haste because they were uncomfortable.    A warm home is a comforting home.    Make sure the temperature will be at a comfortable level for showings.   Use a programmable thermostat if you are uneasy leaving the heat up for the entire day. 

Light, Light, Light.    Yes, the other three L's of real estate!   Winter can be a time of bright natural light.  If so, let it in, and in a big way.   Keep those blinds and curtains up!    (Don't forget to have those windows clean, because for some reason in this winter light the streaks really show!)    Getting to be late in the day?    Make sure those room lights are left on.    You want the buyer to not only feel comfortable and warm, but to see the rooms as they enter them without fumbling to get those lights up.  Again, take advantage of technology and rely on timers if need be.    The more light the better.   It would be very hard to overdue here.   Don't forget the basement.   Light that up too!  

 Protect Your Floors.   Upon entering your home, folks may have wet feet.   Provide a place for them to take off their footwear or at the very least dry them off before viewing your home.    You, or your Realtor, might also provide "booties" for folks to put over their shoes.  

Consider the Scents of the Season.  Odors can be very prominent when entering a home from the crisp, cool air.  There is nothing like the aroma  of fresh baked cookies or comfort food ....  but ease up on the candles, the floral or unnatural scents.

Set a Mood.    Use your fireplace (if safe to do so).   Some well placed books and throws on an easy chair, or  a sled on the deck can go a long way to say "warmth".     People tend to want to hang in or entertain.    Stage your home to that advantage which suits your property!   

Use Photographs to Show Other Seasons.    I feel this is very important.   Do you have spectacular gardens or a pool?   Woods that add charm, privacy and appeal to your home.    Showcase these seasons with an array of photographs.     It will help the buyer visualize your home at other times of the year.   Remember that if there is a heavy coat of snow, the buyers will not be able to see your lawn.    Buyers will feel more comfortable with a set of photos showing them what it looked like last year.   

 In Summary

A recent study of the local market area proves that homes are moving, and quickly too, if they appeal to buyers!     Follow these tips to selling  your home during the winter months and your home will be sold regardless of the season! 

So go ahead.  Take Advantage of The Many Buyers That Are Ready Now.    Get that house on the Market!  

I have been selling real estate locally for the past 25 years and will help you get the job done.   Reach me by calling 508-494-9061 or sending an email to Cal@alandcal.com

 

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About the author

 

Carol-Ann Palmieri,  a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with Al Mussi have helped hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.

 

 A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education. 

 

 Licensed in MA and RI...

 

 Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 

 Her mission....  To exceed your expectations!

 


 

Comments (20)

Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

This is a great post about winter listings. Very important information. I have refused to show homes because nothing was shoveled, ice on a walkway or driveway, driveway not plowed. My buyers also agreed, not worth breaking your neck for. So, we passed. And a cold house certainly doesn't say welcome. Buyers are uncomfortable, wonder if it costs a fortune to heat, on and on.

Dec 17, 2012 09:29 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Andrea.   This blog was prompted by talking to another agent that was chilled to the bone after meeting some clients at a home where the heat was way too low.   What's the expression?   Penny wise, pound foolish?    Something like that.   Thanks for checking it out.   

Dec 17, 2012 09:37 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Great tipe here  .Make a home look loved .The smells of cookies or fresh bread people love those smells. nice post feature worthy .

HelpfulHannah

Dec 17, 2012 09:41 PM
Anonymous
Vince

Smart! Very good information that I will definitely follow. The whole article and all its points are great and just in time.

Dec 17, 2012 09:53 PM
#4
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

I also reblogged, then wrote about you this morning! Have a great one and thank you for posting this!

Dec 17, 2012 10:41 PM
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Winter showings in my market mean 50 degrees and sunny. Of course we pay for this in summer...

Dec 17, 2012 10:48 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

In my opiniion, December is one of the best times to sell as we can really evoke those powerful emotional reactions with the right staging. Holiday decor - tastefully done - brings wonderful curb appeal to the outside - and strong nostaligia to the inside. However, once the lights come down - I'm all over your winter showing advice. Lights, fireplace warmth, however we can safely warm up the interior is so important. :)

Dec 18, 2012 01:59 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Cal,

This is a very good list of things any seller can do to improve the appeal their home will have with potential buyers.

Dec 18, 2012 05:45 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Hannah.   I am thinking toll house..  haha!  What about you?

Dec 18, 2012 08:01 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Vince.  Thanks for reading.  At first glance this information seems like a no brainer, but there is so much going on when having your home on the market that I hope these little tips might help.    

Dec 18, 2012 08:03 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Andrea.   Haha.   I just read your post and it is very funny!!!   Thank you.

Dec 18, 2012 08:03 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Doug.    There is one word from me to you.   Jealous. 

Dec 18, 2012 08:04 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Debb.     Totally agree.  Our business is mostly emotion driven and those emotions give folks the reason to make that purchase.   Thanks for checking in.

Dec 18, 2012 08:06 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Bob.    Thanks for reading.   I know you don't have to deal with this, but have other issues that are relative to your Katy TX area.  

Dec 18, 2012 08:07 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Please turn up the heat!!  :)  Suggested.  Great post!  

Dec 18, 2012 09:17 AM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Carol Ann, Great tips for the cold winter showing up north.  Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Dec 18, 2012 09:35 AM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Awesome advice on showing during the winter time in your area Carol Ann.  You have got it right, buyers are out and about and now, more than ever, buyers are ready to take that plunge!

Dec 18, 2012 11:36 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Cal,

What do folks in your area think about this situation last week with the nut acse who killed inocent women and children? You folks are closer than we are to where all these poor souls lived.

Dec 19, 2012 05:35 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Christiansen Team.       I personally can't think in a home that is bone chilling cold.   Thanks! 

 

Hi Christine.    Right back at you!   Thanks.

 

Hi Brenda.   It does appear that way, doesn't it?

Dec 19, 2012 12:22 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Bob.     Words can not describe the emotions that act invoked.   My sister who is a 4th grade teacher told me that her "kids" asked  questions after they had a talk first thing Monday am.   Following that the kids went right back to the job at hand.  Being kids.  

I hope the rest of us will follow their lead and not let ourselves be paralyzed by a young man with a severe mental breakdown and this random act of violence.   

I hope that the politicians can see their way clear through  focusing on the fiscal nightmare we are facing and reserving the snap judgments they usually make after a tragedy like this.    I wish the media could use restraint with their coverage of this massacre.   The constant coverage is adding to parents fear of sending their children to school.    (I know several  good parents that are actually stricken by this fear).    I hope that our reasonable heads will prevail and we can cut through the non stop coverage and mourn the young children and brave educators that have lost their lives for no reason.      I am afraid that this tragedy will define the lives of the survivors and that will be tragic as well.    I fear that we will lose some more freedoms because of one more nut job.  

Oh my, I didn't realize I would go off like this.    Are you sorry you asked???    :)  

Dec 19, 2012 12:45 PM

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