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Make Your Home Warm and Welcoming to Get It Sold This Fall or Winter

Make Your Home Warm and Welcoming to Get It Sold This Fall or Winter

 

Homeowners often think they have to wait until spring to sell, but there are actually several advantages to selling your home during the fall and winter. With fewer homes on the market, you face less competition, and the buyers who are looking are usually more serious about making an offer. Even with these advantages, you need to make your home as appealing as possible. In the colder months, this means creating a warm and inviting space.

 

Clean and Declutter

Get a jump start on your spring cleaning by making your home spotless and free of clutter now. Regardless of the season, buyers always want to see neutral decor and a home that feels open and spacious. Start decluttering by going through your home one room at a time. One way to add value to your home while decluttering is to find solutions for those everyday necessities that can be hard to manage. For example, Good Housekeeping recommends expanding kitchen cabinet storage, including a spice rack (you can find racks for as low as $6.94 at retailers such as Walmart), to help clear off your counters.

 

For those extra items that you don’t use every day, the best thing you can do is get them out of your home entirely by keeping them in storage while your home is on the market. Over the past 180 days, the average price to rent a self-storage unit in Cary, North Carolina has been $70.99 per month. And of course, once the clutter is gone, you want to give your entire home a thorough cleaning. You should also fix any trouble areas, such as patching holes in walls, touching up paint, and doing any other minor repairs that are needed.

 

Create a Cozy Feel

 

Cleaning and decluttering is only the first step to home staging. This time of year, you want buyers to walk in and feel warm and cozy, so pick a few key areas to focus on.

 

  • Let in some light – On cold and dark winter days, adding light will make a big difference in how buyers feel in your home. Maximize natural light by cleaning windows, and get brighter light bulbs if the ones you have don’t provide enough light. If any room still seems dark, add extra floor or wall-mounted lamps. Decor can affect the feeling of lightness too. Swap out dark curtains, pillows, and other accents for lighter colors.
  • Focus on the fireplace – If you have a fireplace, this is a good time to give it an upgrade. Make sure it’s in working order, then consider one of these ideas from This Old House to spruce it up so it will draw the attention of potential buyers.
  • Add warmth – You don’t want people touring your home in the fall or winter and feeling a cold draft, but a simple fix like caulking window seals can eliminate this problem. You may also want to install a programmable thermostat (a programmable Honeywell thermostat will set you back around $99). This way, you can set the temperature to be warm enough anytime the house is shown, and buyers will appreciate the upgrade.

 

Don’t Forget Curb Appeal

 

Just because the weather is cooler doesn’t mean buyers won’t notice your home’s outdoor spaces. When leaves are falling, make sure to gather them frequently to keep your yard clear. Bob Vila recommends sprucing up your winter curb appeal with great lighting, a fresh layer of mulch for garden beds, and color using evergreen plants.

 

Another great way to make a statement is to focus on your front entryway. Create a welcoming vibe by painting your front door a bright color and decorating with a wintry wreath. Add potted evergreens to the front porch, and buyers will be wowed by their first impression.

 

First impressions make all the difference when it comes to selling your home. This is true in any season, and when it’s cooler out, a warm and inviting space is something buyers will really notice. Stage your home with these tips in mind and you’re sure to reap the benefits.

Credit to author : Eugene Williams