How To Prepare For A Home Inspection In Winter

A lot of people wait until Spring before placing their home on the market thinking it will appear nicer at that time of year.  This is not necessary.  People buy homes all year round for often personal, family or work related reasons and very rarely consider the weather.

Real estate agents will often say that more astute sellers place their home on the market in Winter when there is less competition, which makes perfect sense.

When your agent calls you in the middle of a downpour and asks to bring potential buyers through your home, what do you do?

I have a few tips for winning buyers in such weather:

  1. Make your home feel welcoming from the moment the buyers walk through the doors with a nice warm atmosphere.  If you have a wood fire heater, leave it burning beautifully (but safely!) or leave your heaters on a comfortable temperature, never off.
  2. Invest in a new welcome mat if you don’t already have one so that buyers can remove excess water and dirt before entering your home.  It’s a nice consideration and it may save you some cleaning as well.
  3. Leave lights on.  Not so that your house glows from down the street but so that dark areas, hallways and rooms are lit.
  4. Leave curtains open for natural light, even if it’s raining.
  5. Add warmth and cosiness with throw rugs and cushions on your lounges and beds.
  6. If you have any water leaks in your home, fix them properly and re-paint before placing your home on the market.

Don’t be afraid to sell your home in Winter.  Use this opportunity to make your home warm and inviting and you will do well.

Tips for preparing your home for sale in winter.
Tips for preparing your home for sale in winter.

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