Staging your home for a quick sale is never easy, but it is even more challenging during the winter months. Snow and icy weather can make access difficult and present problems when it comes to keeping the interior of your home clean and presentable to potential buyers.
Here are some tips on how to prepare your home for sale during the winter months:
- Keep your sidewalks and driveways shoveled and clear of snow and ice. Make sure you have an ample supply of rock salt or another de-icing agent on hand. The last thing you want is for a prospective buyer to slip, fall or injure themselves on the walkway or stairs leading up to your home. If home buyers have to trudge through knee deep snow to reach your front door, it won’t make a good first impression.
- Clear snow off the eaves and edges of the roof.
- Let in the light to make your home bright and cheery. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window. If you have dark rooms, you can brighten them by placing spotlights on the floor behind furniture.
- Serve hot apple cider spiced with cinnamon and/or hot cocoa. The tantalizing aroma and comfort of a warm drink on a cold day will put visitors in a good mood and encourage them to linger longer to see all that your home has to offer.
- To minimize the tracking of dirt and snow into your home, put plastic shoe covers near the front door for visitors to slip on over their shoes.
- Keep the indoor temperature warm and inviting. If you have a fireplace, light it. The cozy ambience of a warm and crackling fire will lift spirits and make a positive impression.