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    SELLING your home in winter

    Selling your home in the winter months does come with some unique challenges, but people buy and sell homes all year long!

    Here are some tips to getting over the potential hurdles of selling your home in winter:

    • Shovel the snow for a great first impression – Make sure walkways, driveways and other areas where buyers may want to venture to view your home’s exterior are clear of snow. Also watch out for ice and sprinkle sand or another product of your choosing to avoids falls and injuries. Not able to remove the snow yourself? Ask your Realtor to connect you with a snow removal service.
    • Dispel the winter gloom with light! Let the light into your home by opening up all shutters or blinds. With the shorter days in winter, make sure the lights are on in your home to brighten things up. If you’re not available, arrange for a trusted neighbor, family member or friend to turn on the lights for showings.
    • Make potential buyers comfortable in your home by setting the thermostat. On a cold day especially, this will make them want to stay a little longer inside your home. Don’t make it feel like the tropics, but keeping your home between 20-25 degrees Celsius for showings is a good idea.
    • Make your home smell welcoming. It’s best to avoid synthetic sprays and plug-in air fresheners and opt for more natural options.
      • An hour before a showing or Open House, but some water to boil with a few cloves and cinnamon sticks and let it simmer.
      • Sprinkle baking soda before vacuuming.
      • Grind some citrus peel and ice cubes in the garburator.
      • Do some baking. Nothing is more inviting that the smell of fresh cookies or bread.
    • Make sure your home is clean. It’s also a good idea to depersonalize your home by removed family photos so that potential buyers can visualize themselves living there.
    • Demonstrate your home’s value. Make sure potential buyers know how your home is prepared for winter by providing utility bills and information any energy saving mechanicals and appliances. Also provide information about the windows, insulation, and don’t forget the winter fun. If your home is near winter recreation areas or facilities, include this information in your listing.