Tips For Selling Your Home in the Winter
This entry was posted on Jan 22nd 2018
It’s an old wives’ tale that it’s hard to sell a home in the winter, but it does take a teeny bit more planning. In fact, selling your home in the winter gives you the chance to play up or show off aspects of the home that are often overlooked with warmer weather. If you’ve decided to sell your home in Gainesville, the team at Rabell Realty Group have a few tips for selling your home in the winter.
Boost The Curb Appeal
It’s easy to take exterior photos of your home when the late summer golden hour never seems to end or when the fall colors are front and center. But before you know it, winter arrives and the photos never happened. If you weren’t able to get professional photos for your home listing, there are still several ways to make up for the photos and boost the curb appeal to potential buyers.
Play Up Patio Furniture
People flock to Florida every winter for its lack of cold and snow. Because of this, you can arrange patio or outdoor furniture that can still be used when it’s chilly outside, such as around a fire pit or patio heater.
Faux & Classy Greenery
Taking care of potted plants and flowers can quickly become an afterthought when trying to sell a home any time of year. During winter, cooler temperatures can cause them to wilt faster than usual. Instead, replace flora and fauna with faux greenery or a seasonal filler to still provide a pop or two of color. Plus, you won’t have to remember to water faux greenery.
Line The Walkways
Take advantage of our sunny winter days with solar LED pathway lights along the driveway and/or sidewalks. Not only will you and others be able to see pathways when the daylight disappears more quickly in wintertime, these lights give a literal bright first impression of your home.
If It’s Broke, Fix It
Winter or any time of the year, if you’re selling a home in Gainesville, you should be living by the motto if it’s broke, fix it. Potential buyers will ask to see if the HVAC system works properly in any setting and if the airflow is felt from the far back corner vent. You should be prepared to demonstrate or allow others to flip light switches, use the built-in ice maker, and overall test out appliances, home systems, and anything that will be included in the sale during a viewing. Therefore, if it’s broke, it needs to be fixed.
While we have a chill in winter and not full blown cold as in northern climates, give your home a cozy feel by staging with plush blankets draped over the back of the couch or lighting a fireplace. A thicker area rug adds a layer of depth and coziness to any room, especially in bedrooms. Take a few minutes to switch out light bulbs with new – read brighter – ones to make the inside of the home bright and inviting.
Use Door & Floor Mats
Winter rain in Florida can create a drab and gloomy look outside and a mess inside without doormats for potential buyers to wipe their shoes on. Gainesville Realtors will tell you a doormat should be used at each home entrance, along with a backup rug nearby to give plenty of chances to either wipe shoes or remove them to pick up as they leave. Another nice touch in entryways is a coat rack or some place for people to hang a jacket or coat as they come inside.
Let Us Sell Your Home In Gainesville
One of the best tips you can follow for selling a home in the winter is to work with the dedicated team at Rabell Realty Group. With the impact of a large brokerage but personal touch to every transaction from start to finish, it won't take long to sell your home. If you want to find a Realtor in Gainesville who knows how to sell a home any time of year, call Rabell Realty Group today!