As I sit hear in anticipation of the first blizzard of 2016 which is to hit New Jersey through the night, I'm thinking there's no better time than now to write a post featuring tips to selling your home in the snow and winter. Selling your home in the winter brings its own challenges, but selling your home in the snow brings even more.
Follow these tips to selling your home in the snow and winter:
1. Shovel everything! Dig out the for sale sign! Shovel out the driveway, walkway, stairs, sidewalks, deck, back door walkout so that they are clear of snow AND ice. Use salt vs. sand because sand tends to leave dirty floors. Remember to shovel a path from the street to the sidewalk so buyers aren't climbing over mounds of snow. If you have a driveway and live on a street where parking is difficult, especially in snowy weather, it's a good idea to move your car out of the driveway so there's a place for the buyers to park. Having a functional doormat at the front door will help keep your floors clean. If you prefer no shoes during snowy showings, have booties available at the door. No one likes to walk barefoot in other people's homes and especially in the winter when the floor is colder.
2. Turn on the lights! I love when the bright sun glistens on the snow but that's not always the case. Not only does it get dark early, sometimes winter and snow bring gray skies even during daylight hours, so make sure the lights are turned on in all the rooms whether it's day or night. If at night, make sure the outside lights are on especially the walkway, driveway and front door light. It's a good idea to have the home brightly lit before the buyers arrive.
3. Turn up the heat! Nothing beats coming in from the cold like a warm, cozy home. Buyers tend to rush through colder homes in the winter. If you have a fireplace, light it. Give buyers as reason to linger in your home.
Use winter to your advantage by utilizing these tips to selling your home in the snow and winter. Stay safe and warm this winter!