Tips for Showing Houses in the Winter

When winter weather strikes, you may think it’s time to stop putting your house out there, but don’t worry. You can still successfully show a house in the winter months, but it will take a little extra preparation. In fact, buyers who are shopping in the winter are often highly motivated, because they typically have an urgent need to move during the “off season.” This, combined with fewer houses on the market in many communities, can lead to an easier sale. Here are some tips to help you showcase your home well, even if the snow and ice are hitting your community.

Keep Walkways Clear

Make sure that people who are interested in your home can clearly see the path from driveway to front door. This means shoveling and salting all season long. You need to be proactive about this, even if the snow is actively falling, because footprints from people walking on freshly fallen snow can turn into dangerous ice. Also, keep that “for sale” sign free of snow, so people who drive by know the home is available.

Leave Space for Wet Shoes

Have a space by your front door where potential buyers can leave wet shoes. Most buyers will be respectful enough not to tramp into your home wearing wet shoes, if you provide a spot for them. Be prepared for some extra cleaning, though, because some potential buyers won’t feel comfortable removing their shoes.

Turn on the Lights

When you leave your home for a potential showing, turn on all of the lights. Winter tends to be a darker time of year, and you want your home to show as clearly as possible. In addition, open all blinds and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible.

Make It Warm

Even if you enjoy a little chill in the air during the winter, buyers should feel warm and toasty when they walk in. During showings, increase the thermostat a little higher than usual before buyers arrive, then set it back to your comfort level during the showing to keep the furnace from kicking on while the buyers are in the home.

Take Photos Strategically

If you have the freedom to, take the photos of your home on a day when there is either fresh snow or before the grass dies at the end of fall. The photos will live on the Internet for a while, so you want them to showcase the home well. A dreary yard with half melted snow may cause the home to show poorly.

Selling your home in the winter is possible, and can even be quite successful, but it does require a little strategic planning. With these tips, you can have a successful winter home sale.

Your Guide to June

 

Happy June! Are you ready for some summer fun?

Make this June one for the books with the following ideas for a fun-filled month.

Chill with Your Bestie

June 8 — National Best Friends Day

Friends are the family we choose. Do you have a best friend who means a lot to you? Celebrate your friendship by scheduling some time to do something you both enjoy. Whether it’s an epic outdoor adventure or an evening of drinks and good conversation, time spent with your best pal is always time well spent!

Do Something for Dad

June 17 — Father’s Day

Want to create a Father’s Day that dad will remember? This year, trade the cards and grill sets for experiences, like a day at the ball park or a weekend camping trip. Even something as simple as a quiet family dinner can make for meaningful memories that he’ll cherish for years to come.

Kick Off Summer with an Outdoor Shindig

June 21 — First Day of Summer 

It’s officially here! Give summer a proper welcome by hosting an outdoor bash with friends and family. Think backyard barbecue, luau-themed pool party, or outdoor movie night. Don’t forget the food and libations, like this Southern BBQ Chicken and Peach Iced Tea. If you haven’t planned your summer vacation yet, now is the time to start! Get inspired with these 5 Ideas for a Memorable Summer Getaway.

File Your Taxes

June 22 — Take Your Dog to Work Day®

Did you know that bringing your four-legged friends to work can actually boost morale? According to a 2016 survey, 88% of employees agreed, and 85% said it creates a better work-life balance. Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWD) is a special opportunity to celebrate your love of Fido with like-minded coworkers, while bringing awareness to pet-friendly causes. Need help convincing your employer to host a TYDTWD? Pet Sitters International offers a free toolkit filled with helpful resources.

Pass on Plastic

June 28 — National Insurance Awareness Day

Raise your hand if you’ve: had a birthday in the past year, had a baby, bought a house, or you basically have anything valuable you want to protect. Sound like you? (News flash: It’s all of us.) Make sure the stuff that matters to you is properly insured. Take some time to assess your coverage and make the changes that are right for you. #Adulting

 

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