Open houses are a critical component of any house sale.
Prepping for an for-sale home open house or a showing has it’s own ‘to-do list,’ and in the winter, the list is a little longer. There are some tips that are specific to winter open houses because the weather is usually challenging. It’s wet, it’s cold and people are burdened by the elements and have to be bundled in big coats, hats and scarves. So, when the weather is less than ideal, you are going to want to make their home tour experience as pleasant as possible.
Here are 5 tips to nail a winter open house:
1. Get Them Inside Without A Slip
If there is any snow on the ground, pick up that snow shovel and start plowing. You want to make sure all the walkways from the street and your driveway are completely cleared of snow. Make sure to de-ice as well. Nothing ruins a home tour experience for a buyer like a slip-and-slide into a snow mound on their way in.
2. Create A Landing Area
If you have an outdoor front porch, make sure it is cleared of snow and ice and kept as dry as possible. If guests enter directly in to the house, make sure you have a rug or mat by the door so they can wipe their feet. Just inside, have an umbrella stand for those wet drippy umbrellas, a coat rack to hang bulky coats and scarfs, and maybe have some sets of nice new bedroom slippers for those that want to step out of their heavy snow shoes.
3.Get The Temperature Right
Make sure the heat is on and the house is just the right temperature. The front door will be opening and closing so you will want to allow for that continuing loss of heat and also consider that people will be bundled up, so don’t crank the heat to the point where people feel stifled.
4. Find The Light
Winter brings shorter days and cloudy weather, so it is extremely important that you bring in and turn on as much light as possible. Bright and airy is always more appealing to a buyer than dark and stuffy. Even though you may not be able to have the windows open, you can certainly make sure they are sparkling clean and all the drapes are pulled back.
5. Give Them A Hot One
Have a nice set up for some hot coffee or apple cider. It’s not a bad thing for your cold, thirsty buyers to linger there in the kitchen have that 5 minute “coffee moment” that might just give them a taste of their new home.