Right now, while the world seems focused on red ribbons and cookies, people are still moving, and homes are trying to be sold. Here, in the North East, it is cold, and the landscape is less than inviting; with no fresh snow to pretty them up, the trees look damaged, crooked and gray. The painted house that looked so appealing in the photographs, is beginning to crack and show signs of age.
Realtors are scrambling to find buyers, and sellers are reluctant to spend more money on a home that they want to leave. But, despite the weather, selling a home in Winter can actually be easier than you may think; the theme has already been given to us, so why not run with it?
The hardest part, without a doubt, is getting a buyer inside the house. Curb appeal is more important than ever at this time of year; if it doesn’t tempt them, they are not going to leave their toasty car for a broken reindeer and a dozen snowy steps.
Often, the easiest way to really see the outside of a home is to take a photograph. At a glance, you’ll be able to see what should be pruned, tidied up, thrown away, and tweaked. (If in doubt about anything, hide it). It should look welcoming, clean and cared for.
Once inside (you did clear the walkway, right?) make sure it smells good, but not overpowering. Bake an apple pie, or simmer some spices on the stove if you have too. If you’re uncertain, go outside, then walk back in yourself. (Research says that many buyers will not buy a home if it smells unpleasant).
Of course, we all know the basics on how to stage a home, but in Winter, the dining, kitchen and living room become even more important than before; people buying a home often have new dreams of entertaining, so they are looking for large spaces for parties and family dinners. Also, the idea of curling up on a cold night appeals to almost everyone; a comfortable living room, a soft sofa (with a beautiful blanket casually thrown over the back) and a few well-placed books, will lure even the most cynical of buyers.
Like I said, getting buyers through the door is more than half the battle, the rest is a piece of cake (or pie…).
Wendy E. Wrzos http://wendyandthebluegiraffe.blogspot.com/
Photograph borrowed (then tweaked) from http://wakpaper.com