Selling your house in the winter freeze

Selling your house in the winter freeze

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Most people shy away from selling their home in the winter months because they fear they won’t find serious buyers at this time of the year. The reality, however, is that someone who is willing to brace the harsh weather and venture out in the cold looking for a home will probably be the most motivated type of buyer that you will ever find. Needless to say, you should definitely try to sell your home in the winter.

It will, however, be prudent to understand a few challenges and make necessary preparations to ensure that the showing is pleasant and enjoyable for your buyers. Staging your home for the winter is quite different from staging it for sale in other seasons.

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind in selling your house in the winter:

Make it easier for buyers to approach your home

The biggest obstacle in selling homes in the winter is snow and rain. Snow may pile up on the driveway and make it harder for prospective buyers to easily access your home. If you are holding an open house, you need to shovel a path for buyers to reach your home on the open house day. You should also keep a rubber mat at the front door for buyers to put their umbrellas and shoes.

Make sure poor visibility doesn’t spoil the look of your home

Poor visibility during the winter months is yet another challenge that you need to surmount. Are dust and snow on the glass windows and doors preventing natural light from entering your home? If so, clean them. You can draw the curtains, but be sure to keep the blinds open. During the showings and open house, you should keep all the lights on. You can also purchase lamps and use them to bring focus on the most attractive features of your home.

Also pay attention to the weather forecast when you choose the day and time for holding an open house.

Make prospective buyers feel warm

Winter is probably the best time to show off any features that ‘winter-proof’ your home. You should keep the home warm to make prospective buyers feel at ease when they visit the open house. They will spend more time inside the house if it is at a comfortable temperature. You should also light the fireplace as it will have a relaxing effect. Orange/yellow glow of the fire will only add to the charm of your home.

Pay special attention to plumbing and drains

The problem of drains and gutters clogging due to snow and heavy rains is very common in the winter months. Pools of water forming in front of potential buyers due to clogged pipes will leave your feel embarrassed. Make sure they are cleaned.

In conclusion

There is no denying the fact that bed weather will negatively impact the look of your home, but you can take the above-mentioned steps to brighten it. Selling your home in the winter may sound like a lot of work, but don’t forget that it will balance out as you won’t spend time and money on the curb appeal and exterior features as you will have to do when you will sell in the spring months.

If you are hard-pressed to sell your home for any circumstances such as divorce, illness, loss and change or job, you don’t have to wait for the spring to arrive. You can also consider selling it as-is in the winter.


E2F Properties is Westchester County’s premier real estate redevelopment company.  If you have a home that you need to sell or if you know of a property in your neighborhood that you think needs renovation, please call us to discuss your options! We are a solutions company and are available to help! (914) 999-2293

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