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How to Sell Lakewood Real Estate in the Winter


November 16, 2016

Every industry has its busy season, and for real estate, it’s in the spring. But, does that mean you have to wait until the snow melts to sell your home on the Lakewood real estate market? Not necessarily. An experienced real estate agent can sell your home regardless of the season, but to make it easier, follow these tips to prepare your home for a winter sale:

Keep your driveway shoveled

Once it starts to snow, make sure you keep your front yard shoveled at all times, even if you don’t know of any buyers that are stopping by to look at your home. Potential buyers often drive by a home before requesting to see it in person, so it’s important to keep it looking its best at all times. People will judge a home based on how it looks from the outside, so give off the impression that you put a lot of effort into maintaining your home by keeping up with the snow in your front yard.

Light up your home

Buyers like to see how much natural light a home gets, but this is more difficult during the winter when there isn’t as much sunlight. Before you show your home to a buyer, pull back the drapes or open the blinds on every window. Not only will this increase the amount of light you have in your home, but it will also make each room feel more open and airy, which is more attractive to buyers. Learn how to stage your house in the right light.

Don’t go overboard on the decorations

Fight the urge to go all out with holiday decorations this year if you’re putting your home on the market. Even if the decorations you have are beautiful, they are a distraction, and buyers will have a hard time looking past the lights and figurines to see your home. You can still give your home a little bit of holiday cheer—just limit it to simple wreaths and delicate strands of lights.

Turn on the fireplace

Do you have a fireplace in your home? Turn it on before buyers visit so they can feel right at home the second they walk through the door. Arrange the rest of the area by the fireplace to give off a cozy feeling as well by throwing plush blankets over the couch and lighting a few candles.

Show various photos

If possible, try to include photos of your home from different times of the year to show buyers how it looks when the snow melts. A photo with blooming flowers and lush green grass is much more appealing than a photo with snow on the ground, so include these in your listing if you have them available.
 
Now that you know how to get your home ready for sale in the winter, it’s time to connect with a real estate agent who can help you list and sell your home. Contact us at 720-220-2059 to talk to the experienced agents at Colorado Home Sales.