By Jameson Doris
Although this may not be the most popular time of year to sell, there's likely a greater percentage of serious homebuyers looking in your area than during the spring and summer months. Add to that the fact that many areas of the country will experience some snowfall this month, and now is the perfect time to do a rundown of proper winter home staging tips.
Tasks like clearing a safe pathway to your entrance and making sure your home is warm are essential, but there are some other home staging rules that may not be as obvious. Here are some of the top winter home staging tips:
Clear Your Walkways
Let's start out easy. There is no more important home staging task than ensuring potential homebuyers are safe. If it has recently snowed in your area, be sure to shovel your walkways or, at the very least, a clear path to the entrance. Also, if there is ice on the ground—or even the possibility of ice forming on the path you've created—do not forget to put down salt.
Let the Light In
The winter can already be dreary and grey. Don't add to that aesthetic in your home by keeping curtains drawn. Allowing light to flood your home when buyers are viewing it can have a major impact on their impression of the property. It's smart to also turn any closet or basement lights on where it's difficult for sunlight to reach; however, be sure to turn off all computer or television screens, as those will just distract from the warmth inside your home.
Turn Up the Heat
Literal warmth is vital, as well. If potential buyers walk into your home and it's even a bit chilly, it only gives them reason to leave quickly. Having an extra toasty home will give buyers reason to linger before heading back out into the cold. Don't forget to turn your thermostat up a couple degrees.
Embrace the Holidays
Christmas and New Year's may have just ended, but keeping the decorations up for a few weeks is not an issue. Be sure they're subtle and tasteful, however, and that the tree is down by the time February rolls around. The good news is that if you have any Valentine's Day decorations, you can put those out whenever you're done clearing out the December decorations.
Jameson Doris is RISMedia's blog and social media editor. Email him your real estate blog ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.