11 Tips for Selling Your Home in Autumn and Winter

Posted by Ed DePrato on Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 10:45am.

Summer is coming to an end and soon we’ll be seeing the changing colors of Autumn and the white wonderland of Winter. If your home is going to be on the market during these upcoming months, there are some things you should do to make your home more inviting and sellable.

The first thing you should do is immediately have photos taken of your home, even if it won’t be on the market right away. You want to advertise your home with Summer photos that show a green lawn and trees to create the best impression. Even if you don’t have outdoor space to photograph, interior photos will show the season through the windows and it’s best to have warm and green than cold and white.

I hire a professional real estate photographer to shoot the homes that are listed through DePrato Associates for one very important reason - first impressions are everything. Unless you are a skilled photographer yourself and understand how to shoot architectural spaces, you need a professional and they are worth the cost. We’ll have another blog post about why coming up soon.

Autumn Tips

  • Keep your lawn looking good. Just because the leaves are falling it doesn’t mean you can neglect your lawn. Keep it mowed, fix any patches that look bad and rake leaves regularly.
  • Spruce up your garden with colourful Fall plants like marigolds, zinnias or twinspur.
  • Check your outdoor lighting, make sure they are all working and schedule them to come on before the sun begins to set. As the days get shorter there is a chance your home may be shown in twilight hours.
  • Make sure to keep eaves troughs clean and free of debris. Piles of leaves lining the edge of your roof will make the buyers think of the yard work that will have to be done.
  • Clean your windows. This tip is good for both Autumn and Winter. The sun during this time of year can really call attention to a dirty window and make it look like the home isn’t taken care of well so take the time to clean them on a weekly basis.

Winter Tips

  • Make sure that all walkways, patios/decks and stairs are free of snow and ice. Nothing will turn a buyer off of your home faster than slipping and falling and maybe breaking a leg.
  • Do some holiday decorating if your area allows it, but tastefully. Do not bring out giant blow up yard decorations or your animated Santa Claus. Keep it simple with a few strings of lights and a wreath or other special holiday symbol.
  • Make the inside of your home warm and cozy. Declutter your home as much as possible but bring in elements such as warm throws and fluffy pillows. Keep the thermostat at a comfortably warm but not hot level.
  • Put a nice welcome mat outside and and a good rug inside the doorway to keep debris from being tracked into your home.
  • If you are able to stage before your realtor arrives and you step out, bake some fresh cookies and leave them on a plate by the front door with a nice note. This may sound cliche but people really do love the smell of something baking and an offering of a fresh baked treat is like welcoming a guest to your home. It really does create a positive effect in the buyer’s mind.

These are just a few tips that can make your home more appealing to buyers during Autumn and Winter. What tips do you have to add? I'd love to hear your suggestions. Leave them in the comments section below and thanks for reading!

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