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9 Tips for Selling Your House in Winter


Written By: Laura Gaskill, Houzz
Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Here are nine ways to prepare and stage your home for success, and create a warm and welcoming vision for buyers, even when the weather outside is frightful.

1. Have a cozy, crackling fire or not.

If you have a gas fireplace or new clean-burning woodstove, go ahead and light a fire to welcome visitors. But if your homes wood-burning fireplace is older and leaves a smoky smell in the room, hold off. Those with allergies or smoke sensitivities can be turned off mdash; or literally turned away when they have to go outside. No fire? Consider offering warm apple cider instead.

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2. Keep entryways scrupulously clean.

As with any time of year, a clean and clutter-free house will sell more easily and maybe at a higher price than one with more visible clutter. During winter it is especially important to remove mucky boots outside and keep family gear hidden in a closet or trunk, where potential buyers wont trip over them. A Swiffer->

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3. Give each room a warm touch.

A folded throw draped over the back of an armchair, a plump quilt at the foot of the bed or an area rug in warm hues are a few small additions that will make a big difference in the way a room feels to prospective buyers. Also, be sure that every light is on mdash; even for daytime showings. Winter days can be quite dim, and your house will look its best when its as warmly lit as possible.

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4. Show how outdoor rooms can be used even in the coldest months.

If you have a covered porch or outdoor fireplace, be sure to keep the area fully furnished. Turn on outdoor lights, build a fire in the fireplace and drape a few thick throws over your outdoor furniture.

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5. Emphasize spaces that will appeal in winter.

Basement playrooms, indoor exercise areas, heated toolsheds and the like will be especially welcome in a place with a cold winter. Remove all un>

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6. Showcase the entertaining possibilities of your home.

Winter is prime time for festive parties and holiday open houses, so whet prospective buyers appetites with an enticing display. Set out stacks of plates and fresh flowers on a dining room buffet or display holiday cookies on cake stands in the kitchen.

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7. Use structural elements in the garden for winter interest.

In the middle of winter, it can be hard to visualize a blooming garden. Large urns and planters, benches, rock walls and other garden structures will help buyers see the potential even in the snow.

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8. Clear all exterior pathways of snow and ice.

Nothing will turn away potential buyers faster than a treacherously icy path. Open-house guests should be able to easily walk all the way around the house and access outbuildings. Provide as much off-street snow-cleared parking as you can to make things easy for visitors.

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9. Do decorate for the holidays.

Buyers want to be able to envision living in your home, so it pays to make that vision as inviting as possible. Festive twinkling lights, green wreaths or topiary, and a decorated tree near Christmas will strike the right note. That doesnt mean you have to go overboard mdash; in fact, a house overly cluttered with holiday decor can be a real turnoff.

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Also See:

  • The 7 Dos of Holiday Decorating When Your Home Is for Sale
  • Keep Entryways Tidy With a New Shoe Rack
  • Theres Nothing Cozier Than a Pile of Quilts by the Fireplace


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