Selling your house this winter? Tips to tempt buyers to make an offer
1. Light it up
Getting as much light in the space as possible is crucial in creating a light, more open space. This can be achieved by keeping blinds and curtains open, as well as turning on lamps and overhead lights throughout the property.
If the sale is within an acceptable timeframe from Christmas, it would be in the seller’s best interest to decorate in a tasteful and not tacky manner.
This will help showcase the property by bringing to life the otherwise plain nooks and crannies.
2. Heat it up
The heat should be up a few degrees higher than usual to warm viewers up from the cooler outdoors, which will create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere that will help people relax during their viewing.
3. Color to season
A fresh paint job is always a good idea and as always it is good to go neutral as it enables the buyer to picture the space as their own and does not put them off with any garish colour schemes. But use a warmer shade or something autumnal over a crisp white for this time of the year. If an extra is needed, a throw blanket over a sofa will only enhance the decor.
4. No dogs, no scented candles, no smells
As always, remove all negative or potentially offensive smells. Animals can turn some buyers off whatever the weather, but the smell of a wet dog is far more noticeable than usual.
Plus, it’s common for people to have allergies or sensitivities to scents, so no candles or air fresheners before viewings. You might think your festive candle is a dream, but someone with different tastes may be deterred.
5. Baked Yum Yums
The smell of freshly baked bread is said to “help sell your home” although it is widely believed this is somewhat of a wives tale. However, some homemade cake or mince pies are always a welcome winter treat to accompany a hot cup of tea.
6. No clutter
Putting boots, shoes and jackets away in a cupboard is necessary, as well as reorganizing rooms to have the appearance of being larger without being empty.
Any carpets should get a deep clean before the property goes on the market and it goes without saying that a home should be tidy.
7. Showcase out of season features
Summer photos are a must to showcase what the property looks like in different light, especially with a garden. A photo album with all the wonderful features during warmer months is a good idea to entice potential buyers about what to look forward to in warmer weather.
Even in the winter months, the outdoor space is a sought-after feature and needs to look great. Make sure you clear any leaves, mow the lawn and at least keep the flower beds in check despite having no beautiful flowers at this time of year. Make sure any outdoor storage is neat and tidy and turn on any working floodlights to help showcase the outdoor space during long dark nights.
For an accurate assessment of what your home can sell for, please contact Austin REALTOR Sean McCormack at 512-653-1213 or visit austinyouremyhome.com. Sean has practiced real estate since 2002 and consistently maintains a five-star review on YELP.