Home Selling tips: Showing your home off in the Fall and Winter

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Long daylight hours, clear skies, and warm weather make summer the best season for real estate. But just because those ideal months have passed, that doesn’t mean that you can’t sell your home. In fact, fall and winter offer two advantages for the property market that summer does not. For one, your competition will have pulled their homes for sale. And for another, all those out-of-state Connecticut natives come back home for holiday celebrations and alumni games. They may want to make their return permanent if they can buy your home.

 

Home-selling during the colder months does present its own set of challenges. Use the following tips to make your efforts more effective.

What to do to make sure my home Shows well?

 

  • Clear a path. It’s tempting to let outside maintenance go because it’s just too cold. But if the path to your door is blocked by fallen leaves or snowdrifts, how are homebuyers supposed to check out your interior? Don’t forget to clear any areas around your outside spaces as well, such as the deck or fountain, that you want visitors to look at.
  • Seal the cracks. A whisper of cold air is quite noticeable inside a warm room and will make buyers wonder if you have enough insulation or if there are hidden cracks in the walls. They’ll begin to see all the dollars it will take for them to make repairs. Prevent this speculation by sealing all windows and vents with weatherstripping, and caulking any cracks responsible for the drafts.
  • Remind them of home. Remind potential homeowners of their childhoods by decorating for the holidays. Keep a crackling fire going in your fireplace. When appropriate, add carved pumpkins by the front door, cornucopias on the dining room table, and a Christmas tree in the living room. Keep a warm crackling fire going and fill the kitchen air with the aroma of pumpkin pie and gingerbread cookies. Having a bowl of spiced apple cider can warm your visitors and please their palate at the same time.

 

 

 

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Michelle Manter Giglietti

Owner~Realtor at Manter Realty Group of Keller Williams
Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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