Tuesday, March 12, 2019 / by Jody Lee
The snow is falling and you are trying to sell your house. There are ways to entice buyers to come in out of the cold and want to buy your home.
Clear a Path
Continually shovel a path through any snow, even if flakes are still falling. Footprints on freshly fallen snow will turn to ice if the temperature is low enough, so scrape the walk and steps periodically, and sprinkle a layer of sand or salt over them. Remember to open a path from the street to the sidewalk so that visitors aren't forced to crawl over snowdrifts.
Easy to unlock
Fix those sticky locks and door knobs! Nothing is worse than standing on the front porch fiddling with that tricky lock that you're so accustomed to. The buyer will not only be getting cold, snowed on, and imagining themselves trying to open that door over and over and not being able to get inside easily.
Light it up
Have your porch lights and outside lights on, or have them on timers so they have the porch lit up when it starts to get dark. Have your house number easily visible. Remember the buyers and the other
Create an inviting entry
When it's wet outside most likely our shoes are wet and snow covered. Put out new absorbent doormat and open an area to have buyers to put their shoes or use shoe covers. Make this area warm inviting and bright, it's their first impression walking into your home.
Bright and cheery
Plug indoor lamps into a timer to automatically turn on at dusk. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window (unless the view or outdoor scenery is particularly undesirable). Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights. You can further brighten dark rooms by placing spotlights on the floor behind furniture.
Turn Up the Heat
You want the temperature inside to be comfortable and to give the buyer more incentive to linger, especially on a cold day. So pump up that thermostat. It's better to heat the house a degree or two warmer than usual and then set the temperature at normal; this prevents the heat from kicking on when the buyer is present (some HVAC systems are loud).
Bad weather normally discourages buyers from venturing forth and often makes a property look dreary. However, taking these steps to make the home warm, cozy and inviting. Set your home apart from any others they have seen.