Want more tips on Snow is in the forecast and the house you're trying to sell has a showing scheduled. What you do next to make those showings comfortable for buyers could decide whether you get a signed contract on your home this week.
Buyers who are looking at homes in the winter are serious buyers. Nobody trudges through snow and cold to see a home unless they are ready and perhaps even anxious to buy. So just because the threat of snow is looming, don't cancel showings on your home—unless it's a bad storm. Simply prepare the home to be shown.
Here are 5 top snowy showing tips:
- Clear the way
- Make certain the driveway and all paths are cleared of snow and safe to walk on.
- Put down salt on the stairs and outdoor porch and make sure there are no slippery or icy patches.
- Keep the home warm
- If you normally keep the house cool to save on fuel, raise the thermostat a bit for the showing–between 68 and 70 degrees. You don't want it hot, but you don't want it uncomfortably chilly for potential buyers.
- Turn on lights before you go. Lights on outside and in the home sends a warm welcome to buyers.
- Dig out snow from around the mailbox and the “For Sale” sign
- Buyers often need these items to identify your home as being “for sale” and your street address.
- Put away winter boots
- The entryway should not be cluttered with winter gear. And it is so easy for these bulky, wet items to just get dumped by the door.
- Offer warm refreshments and the comforts of home
- Put out a thermos of hot apple cider and add a note telling buyers to help themselves. Bake cookies for a quick sweet snack while they tour your home. Add a new door mat to each door on the inside where potential buyers' wet boots can be left. Consider buying a couple of pairs of large slippers and leave them on the mat with a note that says, "Viewing our house? Slip these on and welcome home."
Winter is a great time to show and sell your home. Ask your Realtor about what they recommend you do to prepare the house in the event of snowfall right before a showing. Don't get stressed by snow storms or winter snow banks. With a little effort, you can make your house feel warm, safe, and inviting. The effort you put in says "welcome home" and buyers will take notice.
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