Thinking about putting your home on the market this winter? Let us help you! Here are some tips to make your house a buyer’s first choice.
- There is a shortage of homes on the market. This is good news for you. It means there isn’t too much competition. Talk to your agent about setting the right price to attract serious buyers right off the bat.
- It’s winter in Erie. Not exactly the time of year for painting every room or making major updates, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to fix your home up. Small repairs and updates, such as fresh hardware in the kitchen or bathroom or touching up the trim, can make a big difference. Seemingly minor details can let potential buyers know that the home has been maintained well.
- Clean, clean, clean! It can be difficult to see past dirt and clutter, so be sure to keep the house as tidy as possible. Vacuum up stray Christmas tree needles, clear the counters of your cookie-baking messes, and keep the hats, gloves, and boots stored neatly in a closet.
- Speaking of tidy, try to keep that in mind as you do your holiday decorating. A tastefully decorated home can be very appealing to buyers, but you certainly don’t want an enormous Christmas tree or shelves full of snowman figurines hiding your space. Your décor should accentuate the your home’s best attributes.
- Snow or no snow, curb appeal matters! Rake up any leaves still hanging out in the yard, keep your walk and porch steps clear, and consider a lovely wreath on the door to welcome buyers. And remember, we’ve just turned our clocks back and it’s getting dark early. Be sure your outdoor lighting is in good working order and turned on in the evenings.
- Talk with your agent about setting one or two “blackout dates” when you don’t want your house to be shown. If you’re hosting a holiday gathering, you probably won’t want to have buyers walking through the day of or even the day after the party. By the same token, you don’t want to make it difficult for buyers to check your place out, so keep your no-show dates to a minimum.
When it comes right down to it, the rules for showing your home at the holidays aren’t much different from any other time of year. Take advantage of this opportunity to use classic twinkle lights, holiday colors, and the aromas of all the tastiest holiday treats to help buyers imagine their own families celebrating in your lovely home.