Metuchen – New Jersey Real Estate Home Selling Tips For The Winter

Real Estate Agent with Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ

Any Metuchen (New Jersey) real estate agent will tell you that it's harder to sell your home in the winter.  The days are colder and shorter, leaving less time to show your home to potential buyers. 

Home Selling tips for Metuchen Real Estate, New JerseyThe good news is that most of the buyers who are looking at houses in the winter aren't just killing time.  They're serious enough about finding their new home to go house hunting at a time that most people would rather stay inside.

There are a few things you can do to make a good impression on home buyers this winter:

· Make sure all walkways are safe.  Spread out ice melt or sand to provide traction during snowy weather.  Shoveling the snow on the driveway and sidewalks will make your Metuchen property appear more inviting and well maintained.  Be sure to place a mat for visitors to wipe their feet on.

· Warm up the house.  Buyers will remember the house that was pleasantly warm on a frigid day.  In addition, you will be able to demonstrate to potential home buyers that your furnace is in good working order.

· For a welcoming scent, bake cookies the day of the showing.  Some people are sensitive to the fragrances in air freshener's and perfumes, so skip spraying those when expecting someone to look at your house. 

· Serve snacks in the kitchen.  Give the buyer a reason to linger in your home by leaving a light snack in the kitchen.  If the weather is cold, consider providing chili or soup in a crockpot to keep it warm with festive disposable bowls.  Or, to keep it simple, you can provide coffee or hot chocolate and cookies.  Be sure to talk with your Metuchen real estate agent before leaving these snacks so he or she knows they're for the potential home buyers.

· Make your house appear warm and inviting.  Turn all the lights in the house on; place warm-toned throws and decorator pillows around the living room.  Put on some soothing classical or jazz music; keep the volume low enough that buyers can talk quietly to each other.

You can make your home seem more inviting this winter by using these proven techniques. 

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Cathy Chaudemanche
Realtor Associate/Keller Williams Realty
Metuchen, NJ
Servicing Home Buyers and Sellers in Middlesex County, NJ

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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

cathy - great post for your local area with some very important tips in the winter.  highlighting your home for showings and open houses is different from season to season so this should be a great help in your area.  welcome to active rain, by the way.

Feb 15, 2009 11:04 PM #1
Yvette Gardner
Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to the Active Rain community. This is a great site with lots of information.  Have fun with it and hope to see more of your blogs soon!  We have a team of three outstanding full time agents to assist your buyers and sellers in Spartanburg/Greenville, SC.  Let us know if we can ever help. Again, welcome to AR!!

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