The spring and summer are traditionally regarded as the best seasons to sell a home, but sometimes homeowners just don't have that option. If you need to sell your home this winter, here are a few ideas for making your home more attractive despite the winter gloom outside.
Make your home as cozy as possible.
When potential buyers walk through your door, they want to be enveloped by the warmth of your house. That means, literally, turning up the heat to about 70 degrees so that buyers can take off their jackets and get more comfortable. Other touches that add to the coziness of a home include turning on your fireplace, displaying tasteful holiday decorations, setting the dinner table, and baking a batch of cookies to give your home a delicious aroma.
If your heating system is noisy, turn the heat up a few degrees during the hour immediately before your showing. During the showing, turn the heat back down so that the residual warmth can make sure that your heater doesn't kick on while the potential buyers are there.
Keep your driveway and sidewalks clear of ice and snow.
In cold climates, snow and ice are big hazards and headaches. To make sure your home seems easy to care for, make sure your sidewalks and driveway are well-plowed and free of ice. You may need to hire a professional to help you with this task, or you can take your time with a snowblower and shovel to make sure that every patch of snow is cleared. Then, sprinkle commercial de-icer or sand over your walkways to make sure that ice doesn't form.
If buyers slip and fall on your property, or if they see that it seems difficult to clear snow from your driveway, then they are much less likely to consider your home as a property that they want to own and maintain.
Keep your gutters free of ice.
When potential buyers walk up to your house, they'll naturally notice if any icicles or ice dams are forming on the eaves of your home. If they see significant ice build-up, they may be turned off from your property both because of the danger of this falling ice and because the ice can signify an underlying problem, such as poor insulation or improperly maintained gutters.
Keeping your gutters clean can prevent ice build-up, also known as ice dams. Ice dams can be dangerous because they can cause damaged gutters, which in turn can result in water in your basement. To maintain your gutters, clear them of any leaves or debris that may be clogging them. While you're up on the ladder, you should also install gutter guards to keep that debris from entering gutters in the first place.
If your gutters are more than 20 years old and/or show signs of damage, consider getting your gutters replaced with the help of professionals, such as Miller Roofing. Seamless gutters are now a popular product that consist of one entire length of gutter along one side of your house, instead of multiple pieces joined together. These innovative gutters are more likely to be free of leaks and can be easily installed with high-quality gutter guards. If you do install new gutters, make sure you list this as a selling point, as major home improvements are very attractive to buyers.
Selling your home during the winter can be quite successful, as long as you set the stage properly. Making your home cozy, keeping ice and snow at bay, and maintaining your gutters can all help you can make potential buyers feel more at home when they tour your property.