It's so nice to be back on this side of the Winter Solstice where the days are getting longer again. Thankfully it has been a mild winter season so far and we haven't seen too much snow in the city. We'll be posting a blog entry later this week with a look back at 2017 and what we should expect of the Vancouver market in 2018. But while we're on the topic of Winter, we wanted to let all of you know a few tips and tricks of selling your home in the winter. We've been asked this question many a time: "When is the best time to sell my home?" Our short answer is always "Spring" but the answer is never that simple. It depends on the circumstances of the homeowner: what if you need to sell right away regardless of the season? If that's your situation, fret not, here are some ways you can make your home look more appealing in the winter.
1. Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words
Take pictures of your home during a time when there is still foliage on the trees. If selling your home is an eventuality, it doesn't hurt to take those pictures in the Spring or Summer and save them for later. The greenery surrounding the home is like the cranberry sauce with turkey; it's not the main attraction but highlights it.
2. Curb Appeal Still Matters
First impressions are everything - even though the greenery is less than ideal this time of year, it helps to sweep up leaves and trim branches/shrubs. If/when snowfall comes, clearing a pathway to the door (and along the sidewalks) makes the home look like it's well cared for.
3. Lighting! Lighting! Lighting!
Open all the blinds and let in as much light as possible. It's hard to get good lighting in homes this time of year so have all the lights on and bring in floor lamps if necessary. Potential buyers love bright and well lit homes.
4. Marketing Plan
Work with a trusted real estate agent that has his/her finger on the pulse of the market; someone who will tell you exactly how the market is doing and what to expect will help you sell your home faster and without hiccup. This is especially important when selling a home in the Fall/Winter.
5. Limit Seasonal Decor
"One man's garbage is another man's treasure" does not apply here! Potential buyers may be turned off by the sight of Halloween decorations, or too many Christmas ornaments. Limit these seasonal decor items to a minimum so you allow potential buyers to envision the home the way they would like to dress it.
6. Highlight Season Appeal
Put a focus on an area in the home where potential buyers can envision spending a lot of time in in the Winter. For example, turn on the fireplace and add pillows and throws to make the area cozy and inviting.
Before selling the home, this is a good time of year to do inspections: furnace, HVAC, roof, gutters, air filters. The last thing you want is to turn on the heat during a showing/open house only to find out the furnace is broken.
We are always available for any questions that you have. If you're ready to buy or sell, don't hesitate to give us a call! (778) 869-8778 Brad or (604) 562-8887 Theo or email us. We're here to help!