Selling a home in the Winter

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty 0583209

A few tips for home owners selling a home during the winter months:

1) Avoid the myth that homes don't sell in the winter, that is not true.  They aren't as attractive with brown grass, but they do sell.  Most home buyers out looking in the winter intend to buy a new home.  Most home sellers don't list because they believe no one buys in the winter, you can be among the few and have less competition.

2) Give your yard a final nice clean cut, remulch your flower beds and clean them up really nicely, the weeds won't be back for a while.  Clear leaves as they fall.

3) If you are selling a vacant home, leave the heat on.  It is good for the home and good for potential buyers.  No one wants to view a home to consider for purchase and get frost bite.  If it is 40 degrees in your home, they will be out and back in their car in no time to get some warmth.  55 degrees minimum and 65 is better.

4) Make sure you have a mat at the door so that potential buyers can wipe their feet well before entering.

5) Decorate, but keep the personal details to a minimum.  Festive is good.


We work with sellers and buyers in Ellis County Texas, Red Oak, Tx, Waxahachie, Tx, Midlothian, Tx and surrounding areas.  We will visit with you and provide a free market analysis to home sellers.

Contact us today to make any inquiries you may have about buying or selling a home.

Sandy & Ashley Wickware, Realtors®

Fathom Realty

Red Oak, Tx 

469-363-8501 Sandy Cell

469-831-5799 Ashley Cell


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Comments (3)

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

As I mentioned on Lenn's re-blog - good points.  It's so important to continue keeping that home in show ready condition.  Serious buyers buy in the winter months in colder climates and homes need to be ready, clean, and warm!

Nov 11, 2013 07:35 AM
Sandy Wickware
Fathom Realty - Red Oak, TX
Realtor®, Broker Associate

Jan, good additional points.  In Texas, many folks forget that it can be 70 one day and 30 the next or later the same day.

I always encourage my sellers to keep their home heated.  Buyers cannot get a good feel for a home that feels like an igloo.  The personality and feel of the home is completely missing when it is as cold inside as it is outside.

Nov 11, 2013 10:48 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

These are great tips, Sandy. We hear comments about winter not being a good time to sell, or people asking if it is, all the time. We all know the answer, as you have pointed out. Kpee that house comfortably warm, though, especially in those cold areas. And make sure the snow is shoveled! Nothing worse than having to climb through 2 feet of snow to get TO the door than waltzing inside to the house that isn't much warmer than the outdoors. Not so much of an issue here in SoCal but it sure was when I lived in Boston.


Nov 11, 2013 12:26 PM