The spring and summer are the busiest times in the real estate market, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t list your home for sale during the off-season. Selling your house in the winter presents you with some unique challenges, but if you know how to overcome them, then you’ll enjoy some great advantages such as less competition and more motivated buyers.
What to Know About Selling Your House in Fall & Winter
How to Make the Home Look Its Best
Curb appeal is your biggest challenge for real estate listings in the cooler season. With bare trees and dead greenery, you need to make your yard look as nice as possible. Keep leaves picked up and keep the grass mowed. Take photos of the home during the spring or summer when it looks its best, so potential buyers can see what the landscaping looks like in its prime. You can put these photos in your online listing and put them out for display during showings.
How to Maximize Showings & Open Houses
Buyers will have to come out during less-than-pleasant weather to see your home, so it’s up to you to make sure they have a pleasant experience. Shovel the pathway to the front door and keep it salted, so people can safely walk from the street. Make the home as bright as possible by washing the windows, removing the screens from the windows, and keeping the drapes open during showings. If your home still feels dark, you can swap out your light bulbs for brighter options and add some lamps to dark corners.
Once they’ve entered the home, the buyers should want to stay. Turn up the heat to at least 72 degrees and offer a place at the door for visitors to leave their coats and wet shoes. If you have any fireplaces in the home, light them for a cozy ambiance. Play holiday music in the background, and serve winter foods such as cocoa, hot cider, and cookies or finger foods.
The local realtors at Lawrence Realty Inc. are experts in selling property during all seasons in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. This family-owned and -operated business has been a part of the community since 1948 and has built a reputation for prioritizing their clients’ bests interests. Learn more about them online and call (651) 388-4745 to talk with a knowledgeable real estate agent about selling your house in Red Wing or the surrounding areas.