Winter Is Back

Buy This Winter

We saw many hints of spring lately and the warmer weather had us convinced it was right around the corner, but winter came back this week.  The cold weather and especially the snow is a reminder that winter still has a little punch left.  We will be changing the clocks this weekend, but we still have some more cold, snowy weather to deal with this month before it’s officially spring.

Spring will be here soon, and typically in the real estate market this means more homes and a busy season.  This is great for the buyers but if you are selling your home ,right  now is the time to list your home.  Inventory is low and buyers are out looking.  Many are frustrated with the lack of homes on the market.  Winter buyers tend to be more serious and ready to buy. Listing now means less competition and less days on the market.

Clean, declutter, paint if you feel that is necessary, but act quickly and get your home on the market before the spring market hits.  Buyers do not expect the yard to be pristine at this time of year, but make sure the driveway is plowed and the walks are shoveled.  Play up the warm, cozy aspects of the home.  Have a fire burning in the fireplace, and potpourri simmering on the stove.  Use this time of year to your advantage.  Changing the clocks means more daylight hours for showings.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on March 10, 2017.

Winter Home Staging

Winter Home-Staging

Selling homes during the winter months can sometimes be difficult.  Winter weather has a lot to do with this. Although many sellers may be hesitant to put their home on the market in January and February,  proper staging can ensure a quick sale and a good price.  Although buyers can understand barren trees and snow piles in the yard, accessibility is key to a good showing.

Agents can provide alternate directions or postpone the date of a showing or open house  if heavy snow is forecast. Also,  a safe path should be cleared from the street to the front door and  pathways  cleared to allow buyers to see certain outdoor areas, such as guest houses or storage sheds. Also, use the cold, snowy season to show how cozy the house can be.  Make sure each room is  warm, with windows and holes sealed and furniture moved away from vents to ensure proper air circulation.  If the home has a woodstove or fireplace, a crackling fire can add to the ambience of the home.  This is the best time to show them off.

Fabrics, rugs, curtains, bed linens, and tablecloths can all contribute to  the goal of creating visual warmth. Throws, pillows, and richly textured materials can be used to create a cozy image.  Winter-blooming plants can be placed near the entry, on the dining room table, or side tables around the couch to suggest the warmer months ahead.  Fresh flowers can also add to the hint of spring to come.

Don’t forget the sense of smell.  Mild winter scented candles or simply potpourri simmering on the stove can add to the warm, winter feel and can also mask any unpleasant odors of day to day living.

Decluttering and cleaning up can go a long way toward putting the home in the best light for potential buyers.  Let the perks of the season enhance rather than hinder the sale and this can mean less days on the market.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for a great team of BOLDIES who can help put your home in its best light and get it sold.   We can help with all your home staging needs with our own Laura Severino.

This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on January 13, 2016.