Contrary to popular belief, the snowy season can actually be a wonderful time to buy or sell a home, especially here in the Georgian Triangle. Less competition, more interested buyers and a picturesque winter backdrop are just some of the perks of choosing to buck the trend and list your house between January and March. Holding a successful open house, however, does hold some unique challenges during this season. After working hard to declutter and stage your home, you’ll want to read these helpful tips so best showcase your home to sell in the winter months:
1. Keep it clear
Safety is first when it comes to a winter open house. In order to make a good impression, ensure that your driveway and walkways are cleared of snow ahead of time and are easily accessible. It’s also important to carefully salt driveways and walkways to help make it easy for potential buyers to view your home without a nasty fall. The same goes with making sure you have enough mats in the hallway or foyer – and it’s definitely ok to ask people to remove their snowy shoes and boots! Also, be sure to check for dangerous icicles, or melting/dripping snow from roofs.
2. Hygge it up
Have you heard of Hygge? Hygge (pronounced “hue-guh”) is the Danish concept of creating a warm and cozy environment that supports good health and cheer throughout the colder months. Not only can hygge help brighten your spirits, it can potentially help you sell your home! Before your winter open house, ensure you ‘hygge it up’ by adding cozy elements. A fuzzy, faux-fur throw blanket, scented candles or wintry essential oils and an offering of hot coffee, herbal tea, or apple cider can help to make potential buyers feel at ease and at home.
3. Light up the night
Winter’s shorter days mean that you will likely be showing your home to potential buyers in the dark. Again, this presents a good opportunity to highlight the best aspects of your home. If a fireplace is a feature, ensure that it is burning brightly when your potential buyers arrive. Candles carefully placed throughout your home can also help to guide potential buyers and increase the ambiance. You’ll need to check that your light fixtures in all rooms, basements, and garages are in top working order.
Let’s be honest, living in this area actually makes winter fun! With so many outdoor activities like snowshoeing, hiking, snowmobiling, or skiing at one of the fabulous local resorts, it’s hard not to love this season. For potential buyers coming from other areas, it might be a good idea to highlight the awesome winter activities available in the area by leaving a few pamphlets or brochures for them to peruse on your kitchen counter or dining room table.
5. Plan Ahead
Remember, winter weather can be unpredictable. When choosing the perfect day for an open house, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and check the weather forecast. If bad weather is predicted, choose another, talk to your Realtor® to choose a more suitable day instead so that you don’t go to all that effort to have no one show up.
Keep it clear, hygge it up, light up the night, brag & plan ahead – armed with these helpful tips, there’s no doubt your winter open house will be effective. For more helpful tips on selling or buying a home in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Grey Highlands, Blue Mountain or the Georgian Triangle area, don’t hesitate to contact the Clairwood Real Estate team at 705-445-7085. Our experienced Realtors® are here for you.