It may seem like it’ll be hard to sell your home during the winter, due to the holiday season, but it could actually prove to be the perfect time – given that you make the right renovations and use tips that can help make your home more enticing. There are folks out there who are looking for a great deal on homes during the holiday season when sales are ideal, so make sure your home is on the market for those who will be likely to want to buy it. Here are a couple of ideas you can use to help increase your chances of selling your home this winter.
Make it Warm & Inviting
Bringing prospects into your home shouldn’t feel dark and cold. Make sure that your house has a nice warm temperature and feels cozy. You can turn up the heat right before potential homebuyers come and then turn it back down once they leave, if you’re worried about energy costs. It’s a good idea to have the home furnished when showing your house during the winter because it can help make it look and feel more like a home. If you have a fireplace, you can have it going to make an emphasis of it. If not, you can easily have one built in by a licensed remodeling contractor. By making the house feel warm, they are more likely to stay longer. Who wants to tour a freezing cold house when they can be in their cars feeling nice warm heat?
Make Use of Natural Lighting
Lighting is very important when showing a home to homebuyers, especially during the winter when it can be dark and dreary. You can have more windows installed, so that more natural lighting is able to seep inside. If you don’t have electricity on in the home, or just want to make an emphasis of the natural lighting in the home, then you should try scheduling meets during high-daylight hours. Make sure that the windows, blinds and curtains are cleaned. Any lights and lamps you have inside should also be cleaned, so that they can offer the most lighting possible for the areas that don’t have windows to let in natural light. Make sure to have all of the lights turned on before prospects come by. Replace the light bulbs with ones that have high wattage for maximum lighting.
Have the Windows and Exterior Washed
There’s nothing less enticing than a home that looks dirty. Even if the inside is spic and span, if the outside doesn’t look clean, it will make potential buyers hesitate to go in. You can have the exterior of your home and the windows professionally washed, so that the paint and glass looks like new. It could even save you from having to repaint the walls and shingles all over again.
Hire an Interior Designer
If you don’t currently reside in the home that you’re trying to sell, you can increase your chances of selling the home by having it properly furnished. There are professionals that you can hire to help you with designing the inside of the home, so that prospects can visualize how nice it would be to live there. You can have each of the rooms decorated in a way that will make homebuyers feel warm and welcomed. Creating an illusion that will get them envisioning living there is the key. And this can all be done at reasonable prices, since the furniture is rented by the real estate stager.
Take Advantage of the Festive Season
If you are attracting prospects that celebrate the winter holidays, you can help bring a festive mood by decorating your home with holiday décor. This will put them in the spirit and could help solidify a purchase. The first impression that someone has of your home is crucial, so why not connect with them in a way that will make them feel like they’re at home. It could even help them to envision spending the holidays there with their own family members.
Set a Good Price for Your Home
This is a season of giving and helping others, which is why it’s a great time for homebuyers to make their move. They are more willing to buy, especially if the price is right. Make sure that you check around your neighborhood to see what other homes similar to yours are selling, then set it accordingly. In today’s market, homebuyers are used to haggling and low-balling, so setting a good price will help to prevent that problem.
Remodel the Kitchen and Bathrooms
The kitchen and bathrooms are two areas that homebuyers look at when considering whether to buy a home or not. You can have these areas renovated, so that they are spacious and designed in a user-friendly and enticing way. You can either have these rooms extended to be bigger or you an redo the layout to give it a better look and feel. When choosing the materials, make sure to go with something that is quality, but be sure that’s it’s within your budget and that it fits the décor of other homes in your neighborhood. You don’t want to spend thousands on granite and marble floors or countertops when other homes are using laminate – simply because getting a return on your money will be nearly impossible.
Winter is a great time to sell your home, even though it has fewer buyers and sellers on the market. However, those that are on the prowl are serious, which increases your chances of selling to someone that calls you. To make home improvements to your property, contact the licensed professionals at CA Green Remodeling today!