Winter home selling tips

December 1, 2015

This time of year, people are busy, it can be snowy and cold and some people just want to stay home.  BUT, for certain, people still buy houses during winter! To make your home stand out this winter selling season, below are some tips:

Light it up inside and out Turn lights on inside and out to make your home appear more inviting on a cold dark night. Turn them on before you leave prior to showing rather than having the agent and buyer have to find the light switch in each room.  Consider putting some spotlights in the front yard to shine on your home, too. Make it stand out on your street.

Clear snow and ice to make your home easy to get to This can be tough to keep up with in Wisconsin because you never know when it will snow, but be sure to keep your walks clear of snow and ice and provide a convenient place to park by clearing the driveway.  You may want to consider hiring a service to help with this task.  Our Concierge Desk could help you locate a business to provide snow removal service in your area.

Utilize seasonal pictures to show off other seasons Put out pictures of your yard taken in spring, summer and fall so buyers don’t have to imagine how great your lawn and landscaping are when they are buried under a blanket of snow, or in cases with a mild winter, just dormant and brown.

Stow entryway winter wear Hats, scarves, gloves, boots and for many households, snowpants…. Winter wear can clog up your entryway and should be stowed to make a great first impression.  Add a nice rug to this area to keep winter mess from being tracked around your home.

Decorate for holidays tastefully  Holidays are a special time in and outside of the home, however, keep your decorating simple. Remember when you cleared things out to declutter? Keep that in mind and don’t put out as many holiday decorations as you normally do.  Keep holiday lighting outside simple as well if you normally go all-out with flashing lights and decorations with moving parts.

Make it cozy, warm, inviting It is cold outside and buyers will appreciate a warm home so turn up the heat a touch if you keep your home on the cool side.  Set logs in the fireplace, a colorful throw on the couch, a small stack of books on the coffee table. The stage is set for a quiet night in.

Little things like this can make a big difference. Please also review your price with your listing agent.  Attend open houses in your area to keep an eye on your competition or search for similar properties at

For additional seller tips. please see this category.

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