Many prospective home sellers put off selling their homes after the winter season, but there are other ways to accelerate a sale if you can no longer wait until the following year.
Home staging serves as one option. Some realtors like Lisa Borsato believe that it can be more affordable to stage a house instead of lowering your asking price. In other cases, simple improvements such as new, do-it-yourself (DIY) fences can be helpful.
Since snow can make your house look unkempt, you should make sure to maintain neat landscaping in the front yard. The appearance from the outside reflects the interior of your home, so most buyers will likely move on to find another property if yours appears disorganized.
Likewise, the cold weather will bring some issues on properly functioning parts of the house. Check if windows and doors seal entry points for cold air. Snow build-up on driveways and walkways not only seem unattractive but also pose safety risks.
Take note that some buyers will be keen on checking for any new paint on walls, renovated kitchens or bathrooms and even organized storage spaces.
Home staging probably crosses every checklist on what to do for increasing the chance of closing a deal. Borsato said that it also modernizes the appearance of your house. If you have been living in your home for 10 years or more, staging can help it look new and keep up with recent trends in real estate.
On the other hand, a staged house also provides the clients with a chance to imagine how they will live on your property.
Despite the difficulty of selling a house during winter, there are ways for homeowners to increase their chances. Some only require minimal effort, while other solutions need professional help.