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5 Tips For Selling Your Southeastern Michigan Home or Condo in the Winter of 2015 - 2016
It is a fact that home and condo sellers will sell for more money in less time during the winter months, December, January, February and in March as more home sellers put their properties on the market, prices decrease and market time increases.
#1 Warmth is top priority. Your home should always be warm when a realtor conducts a walkthrough with buyers. Set a timer on your thermostat so it's warm when they arrive. Also make sure to check there are no leaks or problems with your ducts and vents, as this could make rooms cold during a walkthrough.
#2 Keep the house bright. It's also important to ensure that your home is adequately lit in each room. You want buyers to feel welcome and impressed with the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms of your home. If a room has dim lighting or a burned-out bulb, it could take away from the overall appeal of the room. You should also consider spending a little extra money to upgrade your lighting fixtures –installing recessed lighting in certain rooms will give your home a little extra "pop." Standing lamps are also a fantastic, affordable alternative to lighting additions
#3 Try to make your landscape appealing. Although your yard will be mostly winterized during this time of year, there are several ways to spruce up your cold weather landscaping. Start by clearing your yard of any broken branches or large patches of fallen leaves. It's also important to ensure that any ice or snow on or near your home's walkway is removed. If needed, you can hire a snow removal company to keep your home safe for buyer walkthroughs.
#4 Make the interior cozy. In addition to keeping your house well-lit and warm, there are other ways to make your home cozy and welcoming to buyers. This includes:
· Classical music (at a low volume)
· Homemade treats (candy, cookies)
· Holiday decorations (tinsel on the mantle, for example)
You want buyers to feel as though they already live in your home when they walk through the door. When you offer them a cozy setting, they will want to spend more time in your home and admire its features.
#5 Keep the fireplace lit. While you should have the heat on during a walkthrough, another warm and cozy feature is the fireplace. If you've got a wood-burning model, this means you'll need to have coal or wood handy. You don't want to have multiple showings a day and a fireplace that roars for only half the visitors. This is especially important if the fireplace is close to the entrance (all of that cold air gets in!).
For more tips on selling your home or condo for Top Dollar, Fast Without Hassle…Call Rick Giese today at (586) 242-3100 or email email@example.com
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