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Winter Home Sales

Written by Laura Wise

Just your luck — you have to sell your home in winter, the slowest and dreariest sales season of all …. According to the National Association of Realtor,

First the holidays and then the weather puts a chill on home shopping, many perspective home buyers are too busy and too cold.  Don’t dismay, just as you have to sell there are those who have to buy.  Make your house the one they buy…. HOW, here are a few pointers:

#1 Call me, Laura Wise, Associate Broker 435-327-1333

#2 Price your home accordingly, If your house is priced right to begin with, it will sell to that buyer who has seen the rest and wants the best.  I will supply you with a current market analysis.

#3 Are you ready? Taking care of needed maintenance and repairs is obligatory in any season. A thorough cleaning and getting rid of clutter are equally essential. Maintaining the yard and exterior appearance will improve the curb appeal which can make the difference between deal or no deal.

#4 Warm and inviting – Keep that thermostat at a reasonable temperature, or make sure your agent turns it on before the buyers arrive.  Staging, it will sell your home.  Both are additional costs, however, cold and empty or warm and inviting, which would you buy?

#5 Clear paths it might seem obvious to keep sidewalks and driveways free and clear of ice, snow and leaves. Many homeowners who have already vacated their houses have moved on, you need to make sure these details are maintained.  It’s important for reasons of safety, aesthetics and, once again, competition. A foreclosed house probably won’t have walks and parking spaces shoveled out.  I can’t tell you how many times I have pulled up to a house with potential buyers, where the walks are covered with debris and the yards are not maintained, and they have said “not interested,” without getting out of the car.

#6 Good lighting, during the winter a home may appear dark due to less daylight.  Fight the gloom. Turn on the lights, keep the electricity on, and open the window coverings, let natural light pour in. Encourage showings during high-daylight hours. Make sure you have enough outside illumination for drive-by visitors in the evening, keep the home well-lit even when you’re not there.

These are the essentials, No need to expose yourself to a high pressure salesman or unwanted obligations; call Laura 435-327-1333 I will give you the specifics and answers to your questions, Always professional; No Hassle; No Obligation; anytime and every time.

Disclaimer: Not intended to solicit  in place listings.

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