Tips For Selling Your Grand Forks House in the Winter
One of the benefits of living in our area is that we have the luxury of experiencing all four seasons. As a Realtor, each season has it’s own unique considerations that need to be taken account of when preparing a house for sale. I’ll go over some of the things to think about when selling your home during the winter months.
In Grand Forks, most people feel that it’s harder to sell your home in the Winter months. Although the days are shorter, the temperature can drop below zero, and the often overcast skies can make a home’s interior seem darker than it really is. Even with these considerations, there’s some really great reasons why you should still consider selling your home during the winter months.
One of the best results of selling your home in the winter is that you get fewer, but much more serious buyers for your Grand Forks Home. Since our winters can get pretty cold, people tend to stay indoors bundled up and avoid going out as much as they would during our warmer months.
The buyers that do show interest and venture out to the open houses are much more serious since they’re willing to go out into the elements. They are typically looking at purchasing a home in a shorter time frame and more likely to put in an offer if your home is a perfect match. Below, I’ll go over a few tips I’ve found from showing homes and holding open houses in Grand Forks during the winter.
Setting Up Winter Curb Appeal
Just like a well manicured yard dramatically improves the curb appeal of a home in the summer, having clean sidewalks, melting salts sprinkled in icy areas, and clutter removed from the outside of the house all play a huge rule in a buyers first impression of the home. If we have to trudge through a foot of snow and can’t even find the steps of a home that’s being shown it instantly irritates a buyer and overpowers any positive first impressions of the home.
Heating the Home
Nothing feels better in a Grand Forks winter than jumping out of a car in subzero temperatures and walking into a toasty warm home. The warmth instantly makes you feel at ease and safe. If a potential buyer is more worried about getting frost bite in their toes than the beautiful kitchen remodel you just finished, you might have a problem selling your home.
I always recommend keeping the heat turned up around 67-72 degrees in the winter. Anywhere in this range will feel great when walking in from the cold. Another benefit of having the heat turned to this range is that it demonstrates to the potential buyers that the furnace is in working order. If there’s one concern in the back of every Grand Forks home owner’s mind in the winter, it’s the thought of…what if my furnace goes out.
Another benefit to having the furnace running is to keep the air circulating and preventing and stale air scents from settling into the home if it is vacant for a while.
Make the Home Inviting During the Winter
Just like a warm home can make looking at Grand Forks Real Estate a much more enjoyable process, walking into an inviting house can be just the thing that really makes a potential buyer feel at home.
Make sure to turn on all of the lights in your home. In the evening it makes the home much more inviting to pull up to a house with the warm glow of lights against the snow, and in the daytime it makes the house feel brighter if there is a gray overcast sky.
I always recommend adding accessories like throws and pillows with warm tones during the winter. playing relaxing music quietly in the background can also add the overall felling that a home has and help boost its first impression.
Create a Welcoming Scent in Your Home
If your home is occupied, I’d recommend trying to bake something fresh like cookies the day of your open house or showing. This doesn’t have to be a time-consuming baking from scratch venture, even cookies baked right from the tube will help create a welcoming aroma in your home.
Sometimes candles can have the same effect, but be careful not to burn candles that have unique scents that you might enjoy but potential buyers may be turned off by. I’d recommend sticking to old standbys like vanilla, fresh baked pie, etc and avoid the really overpowering fruity smells.
Selling Your Grand Forks Real Estate in The Winter
Don’t be hesitant placing your Grand Forks home on the market during the winter months. Realize that there are many active buyers looking for homes in our market during these months, and these buyers tend to be more serious about finding a home than in the summer months. Selling your home in the Winter is often worth the extra effort since there’s even less competition in a very low inventory market like we’re experiencing right now.
If you’re thinking of selling your home this winter, or would just like to talk some more about tips for selling your home in the winter, simply call, text, email or fill out the simple form below and I’d be happy to get in touch.