While many homeowners will wait until the spring to sell their homes and move, others want to get a head-start and list their properties in the wintertime. If you’re in the latter group, you’ll want to pay attention to unique home staging tips for the winter, like the ones described below.
1. Make It Cozy
Prospective buyers will be coming out of the cold and into your home for a viewing, so you want to make them immediately feel warm and cozy. How can you do so? Add layers, such as pillows, throw blankets, and area rugs in living rooms and bedrooms. Faux fur can make an excellent accessory in this case. You can also consider switching your standard bath towels to extra-plush towels, and making sure your bedding looks extra soft and warm.
2. Heat It
Prospective buyers will imagine themselves living in your home during a viewing. You don’t want them coming in from the cold only to continue to be cold inside. So, warm up the place. If you have a gas fireplace, make sure to turn it on before buyers show up. Otherwise, you might want to consider turning up the heat a little bit, so your home can feel like a respite from the cold—a place prospective buyers will want to come home to after a long commute from work in the dead of winter.
3. Book Viewings during the Daytime
Although it’s not always going to be possible to choose the time of viewing, try as often as possible to book them during the day. In the winter, it gets dark quickly in the late afternoon, so it can be more difficult for potential buyers to see your home in the best light. During the day, you can take advantage of the natural light that brightens up the space and can even help make your home look more spacious. Open your blinds and curtains and wash your windows before your next viewing to let in as much natural light as possible.
4. Turn on Your Lights
Lights, lamps, and light fixtures—turn them all on, especially if you’re having a viewing later in the evening. A brightly lit home is more welcoming than a dark and dreary space. Well before the viewing, take a walk around your home and check to ensure there’s enough light in all the rooms and hallways. Replace weak or burned light bulbs and buy new light fixtures for those dimly lit spaces. Not going to be home during the viewing? Put your lights on a timer to ensure they’re on when people are in your home.
5. Clear the Snow
You don’t want buyers to struggle to get to your front door because of a heavy snowfall that wasn’t properly cleared. It will be a major turn off and make them think your home isn’t well-maintained. Take some time to shovel the driveway and walkway before viewings.
6. Remove Ice Buildup
The last thing you want is for prospective buyers to see your home as a safety hazard or get injured on your walkway. After shovelling, salt your driveway and walkway to ensure there’s no ice buildup that can be a hazard.
7. Show the Home’s Summer Potential
Although buyers won’t be able to see your award-winning garden or blossoming trees and flowers in person in the winter, you can still showcase the home’s summer potential by leaving out photo albums of your backyard, your pool, or garden in full bloom. Also consider snapping pictures of the home’s summer curb appeal and landscaping, since prospective buyers likely won’t be able to visualize this on their own.