By Rich Cosgrove, President Stark County Association of REALTORS®

Winter is on the way along with, dare I say… that dreaded 4-letter word… SNOW.  Don’t let this discourage you, however, as winter is still a great time to sell your home. This year we have seen historically low interest rates on mortgages along with unprecedented sale prices. We typically see inventory dip in the winter months as people choose not to move in the colder weather. If you have been following the real estate market, you are aware that housing inventory has been down all year.

Winter is a great time to sell your home and buyers are still searching for their dream home to come on the market. There are a few things you can do to prepare you home for a successful sale and ensure interest from buyers.

Have your furnace serviced to make sure it is working properly

When buyers walk into a home in the winter time, it is important that they feel warm and cozy. Being comfortable while touring a home allows a buyer to focus on the features of a property and not to focus on being too hot or cold. Avoid high temperatures that can cause an uncomfortable heat throughout the property and ensure that each room is adequately warm. Some rooms like those above a garage can often times be colder during the winter months. If you have dampers on your duct work, you may want to adjust those to get a more comfortable temperature throughout the house rather than hot and cold spots.

If your expecting showings on your home, make sure to shovel your drive and walkways

Curb appeal is everything. A poorly maintained exterior is not only unsightly, but it can also have the potential to cause injuries. Ice can hide under a layer of snow which can increase the risk of injury to anyone walking on the property.  A freshly shoveled walkway helps to keep the interior of your home clean as well by allowing buyers to track in less snow. It’s a great idea to remove any icicles from the outside property, especially near the entrance. Icicles can be a hazard and should be removed safely.

Quick clean up supplies

REALTORS® do their very best to keep your home clean and in the same condition as they found it. Unfortunately, snow melts quickly and can be tracked into your property. It’s always a good idea to keep a roll of paper towels and trash can near the entrance you want prospective buyers to use. This allows any debris that is tracked in on the floor to be cleaned up right away and disposed of properly.

Other items to keep near the main entrance are disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and disposable shoe coverings. These items tell the buyer you are serious about keeping everyone as healthy as possible. Just because the weather is changing, don’t let it change your mind on selling your home.

The Stark County Association of REALTORS® welcomes you to visit our website at www.starkrealtors.com for a complete listing of REALTORS® and Affiliate members who are sure to meet your professional needs.  The Stark County Association of REALTORS® members are honored to service the Stark, Carroll and Trumbull Counties.

If you have any questions or comments on this article, please contact me by email at president@starkrealtors.com.

 

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