Selling a Home in the Dark
The following blog is a 4-part recipe for selling your home in the Fall and Winter Months. I’m not going to sugarcoat it — buying and selling spikes in spring and summer. However, it isn’t impossible to sell your home during fall and winter. You can do a lot to help your home feel welcoming and bright to a potential buyer. What’s important to remember when you’re looking to sell during the cold weather months? Keep on reading to get a list of tips, including pro recommendations that’ll put a new perspective on the buyer experience. Part 1
Show Buyers What It Looks Like During the Spring and Summer
Showcase what your home has to offer by giving potential buyers the opportunity to see the home during other months of the year. “include a photo album or digital slideshow of the exterior in the summer, spring, and fall. Highlight garden beds, and patios or decks with furniture so the buyer can envision the home year-round.”
She also adds, “Consider using a realtor who can provide a digital 3-D tour that shows the home in the daylight. Folks who work during the day usually tour homes in the evening when it’s dark. Less natural light makes the home feel smaller, and it’s hard to picture the outdoor space.”
Get 5-Star Curb Appeal to Enhance the Outdoor Experience
Leaf- and snow-covered sidewalks can make a perfectly nice home look sloppy and poorly maintained. Use a leaf blower daily to keep leaves, branches, and outdoor dirt off the walkways, and do your best to keep the yard clear of leaves, too. Add fresh mulch to garden beds so they look their best. Rinse loose dirt from your home’s siding one last time before the temperature drops.
“Another challenge for buyers in the fall and winter is that everything usually looks dull and drab,” The lot lines are not as visible covered with snow and leaves, so it’s difficult to get a sense of the outdoor space unless it is clearly defined. Define property boundaries with brightly-colored flags tied to stakes, and place them at the four corners of your property.