Another common question I get asked by homeowners is, ‘should I put my house on the market during the winter months?’ In my opinion there are usually fewer houses for sale during this time of year therefore there is less competition to get your house sold and you may even sell it for a higher price.
When selling your house during the winter months you need to prepare your home differently than you would if you were selling your house any other time of year. Let me go through a few items that will need special attention.
First, make sure all walkways are free from ice and snow at all times. The last thing you want is a potential buyer injuring themselves on your property as this could result in a law suit. Since it becomes dark earlier in the day this time of year, make sure all exterior lighting is left on before you leave for work in the morning as there may be showings in the early evening before you return from work. This will provide better vision for the REALTOR® and their clients. It also makes it easier to access the lock box. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to open a lock box and put the key in the door in the dark. And a reminder to all the REALTORS® out there, if you show the home and the lights have been left on for you, please leave them on as there may be another showing after yours.
Now for the interior of the home. It is always a good practice to leave one or two lights on inside so the REALTOR® and their clients are not entering a dark house. Also it is a good idea to have a large floor mat and even a boot tray at the front door, especially when there is an Open House. It is difficult for the REALTOR® to ensure your house stays clean if there is no mat to step onto to remove wet shoes and boots.
These are just a couple of tips to make viewing your home a more enjoyable experience for the potential buyers. If any homeowners or REALTORS® have any tips of your own please share with your fellow readers. For more information on the advantages of selling your home during the winter months please contact a Coldwell Banker Pinnacle Real Estate, Brokerage Sales Representative at 905-388-1110 or 905-522-1110 or at www.cbpinnacle.com