Canadian winters are joined by snow, slush, ice, and uncomfortably cold weather conditions. When it comes to selling your home, the exterior is just as important as the interior. However, weather conditions can impact the look and feel of your home. Here’s how you can prepare your home for the winter season to assure that it is in tip top shape for the market.
Preparing for Home Photography
When it comes to photographing your home prior to putting it on the market you want to assure the weather is cooperating with you. Choose a day that is bright, sunny, and with weather conditions that will optimize the look of your home. For instance, taking exterior photos during a snowfall will be counterproductive as it may not be well visible. Furthermore, a day that is mucky may not highlight the beautiful exterior. Mother Nature is unpredictable but is still workable as long as you keep an eye on predicted weather conditions.
Clear the Way for Showings
When prospective buyers come to see your home, you want to make sure that the driveway is shoveled and salted. The potential of someone slipping or having to walk through piles of snow may negatively impact a prospect’s mood and may impact their view of the home. You want everyone coming in and out of your home to have a pleasant experience, both inside and out.
Create a Cozy Ambience
You want to optimize the experience for potential buyers as soon as they step foot on the property. Some people enjoy a cooler home atmosphere; however, it is important to remember not everyone will. Typically, people prefer a cozy and warm interior during the cooler seasons. Set your thermostat to a comfortable warm temperature, add some cozy pillows, blankets, and rugs for a homey feel.
Weatherproofing is Essential
Insulation is a big concern for home buyers during any season, especially winter. Showcasing the best elements of your home includes the small minor details. Things like cold drafts can be a red flag for potential buyers. Winter is the season where it will be easily noticeable if cold air is unexpectedly entering the home. Caulk and insulate your home to have it prepared for any and all weather conditions that the winter season brings.
Good Lighting is Always Key
Good lightning is imperative for any season. However, during the winter months the sun sets earlier and it’s not uncommon for showings to occur during the evening hours. You want your home to be shown in the best light, literally. Assure that every room is well lit, and add extra lights if needed. You’ll to make sure your home looks just as amazing during the dark hours as it would in the light hours. The goal is to highlight the beauty and key features of your home during all periods of the day.
Demand is high in southern Ontario. If you reside in the Greater Toronto Area, or neighbouring regions, now is an extraordinarily good time to sell. If you’re looking for a positive and seamless real estate experience, contact me today for a free home evaluation.