Preparing your home for a winter sale
If you're ready to sell your home, you don’t have to wait for spring to come around! Winter is actually a great time to sell for many homes, particularly if you are looking to buy a home in the spring and need to sell yours first.
Top reasons to sell your house in winter
Although you might get fewer people out looking for a house to buy, you’ll also have less competition from other sellers. Therefore, you have a much better chance of getting a sale. The interested buyers who are out looking and will visit your home for an inspection are usually serious about purchasing a home. It’s generally only people who are focused on actually buying rather than testing the water that will brave the cold for a viewing.
In addition, prospective buyers will first look at your home online and will only head out into the weather if they’re really interested and like what they see. Read on to find out how to get your home ready for a winter sale.
Style your home for winter comfort in Mount Gambier
You might be asking “how do I sell my house in winter?” The answer is quite simple. You make your home look and feel cosy, comfortable and inviting. This means having the heating on when it’s time for buyers to view your home so that it’s lovely and warm inside.
Here are some other styling tips to consider:
- Use warm colours and plush fabrics to add some cosiness to your property. This could include pure wool or hand knitted throw rugs on your furniture. If you only have blinds on your windows, consider adding some side drapes made from lush fabrics such as velvet. They don’t have to be functional but will add an extra layer of warmth to your home.
- Scatter luxuriously warm rugs around your home. This is especially important if you have timber floors or tiles. You could even consider getting a lovely fluffy rug for the kitchen. And don’t forget the bathroom and a nice rug on either side of the bed.
- Turn on the lights if it's cold and dreary outside, using table and floor lamps rather than harsh overhead lighting. Replace the globes in your lamps with warm ones. Just turning on a few lamps around your home will add a lovely glow to any room.
- If you have an open fireplace or wood burning stove, make sure that it’s lit when you’re expecting prospective buyers to come around.
- Group together a few candles and light them. Consider warm fragrances such as vanilla and cinnamon. Not only will they infuse your home with a lovely fragrance but the glow of the candles will add to the ambience that you’re trying to create.
- Make the entrance of your home inviting by having solar lights along the path and the driveway. This is especially important if buyers are viewing your home in the evening. You also want to ensure that your external lights over the front door are working. Replace the bulbs with ones that give off a warm glow.
There can be many advantages to selling your home in winter. However, you shouldn’t base your decision on when to sell just on the seasons. Houses will sell year-round when the demand is there and committed buyers will venture out in all kinds of weather to get what they want.
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