This winter looks a bit different from previous ones. Not only did we have temperatures in the 70s over the holidays, but now we’re looking at bitterly cold temperatures including ice and snow for the next week. Western North Carolina is a bit strange like that- but as the area is becoming more and more popular for people to live here, the weird and wonderful weather doesn’t seem to be holding anyone back from moving here.

Today, we’re going to talk about how you can sell your home in the winter time. Winter can be a tough time to sell, but sometimes a situation arises that forces you to sell your home, such as relocating for a new job or an elderly family member needing help and you have to move closer to them. There are many reasons that may make you sell your home this time of year.

Selling in the winter is different than selling in the spring or summer. When the weather is nicer, it’s easier to make your home look it’s very best as the colors and flowers of the warmer seasons are there to help people envision what it may be like to live there. In the winter time, more likely than not, your home may appear to be drab or to not stand out, especially if your home is a muted color. Also, less people may want to come out for a showing due to the colder weather. But never fear, that’s why we’re here to give you some tips for selling your home in the winter. Keep reading below for our tips!

1. Stage your home for winter. This could mean fluffing up your pillows, adding a nice throw blanket on seating, and evoking the scents of winter with cinnamon, clove, or pine scented candles or plug-ins for a cozy, winter vibe. Depending on whether you are selling during the holidays or after the holidays, ensure your home is decorated nicely and add holiday décor where it makes sense.

2. Make lighting a priority. One of the unique challenges of selling your home in the winter is that there is less natural light, which causes you to resort to using lighting strategically in order to emphasize your home’s features and prime them to sell. One way to let as much sunlight in as possible is to clean your windows both inside and out, and open your blinds and curtains so natural light can stream in when you have showings. If you have dim bulbs in your light fixtures, swap them out for brighter ones. If you have evening showings, use ambient, softer lights that create a sense of coziness.

3. Keep your home a comfortable temperature. Keeping your heat on at least 68 or 70 during the winter, especially during showings can make a big difference in the impact your home has on potential buyers. When it’s cold outside, no one wants to walk into a home that is also chilly as it makes it hard for people to imagine how cozy the place could be. If you have a fireplace in your home, light it so it not only warms up your home but also adds to the atmosphere of your home.

4. Make sure everything is clean and well maintained- this includes appliances, floors, walkways, windows, ceiling fans, light switches, baseboards and more. This tip is a good one for selling your home, no matter the season, but winter can be especially harsh on your home’s cleanliness with mud, salt, and ice getting on everything.

5. Have photos of your home in other seasons so they can envision what it’s like to live there year-round. Including other photos to highlight your home’s features in all the seasons can be key to keeping interested buyers, well, interested.

6. Curb appeal. Curb appeal can be effectively done regardless of the season. If your home is dreary and drab in the winter due to peeling paint, dirty doors, or anything else that could be off-putting to buyers, pay attention to those areas and fix them as necessary. For example, if you have a brown door, consider painting it a brighter, cheery color to make it stand out in all seasons-not just winter. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to add curb appeal to your home and prepare it for selling. Clean leaves off of porches and out of gutters. Use light strategically, etc.

7. Be flexible with showings. Winter hazards can make showings challenging for potential buyers. Snow or ice storms, bad road conditions, less natural light and more can affect people’s ability to come see your home when you want them too. Consider letting interested home buyers re-schedule if they need too, and make it clear to them if you aren’t willing to show on holidays.

Happy selling!