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At the same time — this year, due to COVID-19, open houses just aren’t happening at the same frequency as they used to. Instead, the people who are coming to view your home are already likely working with a realtor and making practical choices to see homes that are suited to their budget and taste. You’re not showing your home to those people who see the sign up on a Sunday drive and pop in “just to look,” your home is only being seen by interested parties.
With less inventory on the market, you won’t necessarily create a bidding war for the home — but you should be able to command a good price for the home based on its valuation.
Create a welcoming environment
Yes, the winter can be dark and bleak — but that doesn’t mean your home has to show off the same vibe. The holiday lights you’ve already put up make a great first impressions (and they’re a lot easier to manage than keeping the landscaping in tip-top shape at all times).
Keep your driveway and walkways clear of all snow and ice — and if there are any shrubs or trees loaded down with snow that are creating a hazard, make sure to lighten their load.
Nothing can ruin your flooring like the slush from a dozen pairs of boots going in and out all day. Place some mats down at the front door of the home, and leave a note for the viewers to remove their boots and wet winter gear and leave it in the entryway.
Create motivated buyers with an inspection
If you don’t live in a seller’s market, it can be hard to make your home stand out, no matter what time of year it is. I always like to have a pre-listing home inspection performed to keep the seller in the loop about any potential repairs that may come up in the selling process. A pre-listing inspection can let you get the jump on any small fixes that may be a sticking point for any potential buyers.