Snow Day Ideas for Home Sellers: 5 Tips for Going From “Snow” Home to Show Home!

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Home Stager with New England Home Staging®

 

 

 

 

 

Selling your home can be a source of stress even in the best of conditions. Selling your home in New England during the peak, snowy, winter months? Forgetaboutit!

Kids out of school, salt and sand on every surface, boots and coats and shovels and slippery driveways…need I go on?

Just when you get the news that the sun will not be coming out tomorrow, a little elbow grease and a lot of productivity can keep your selling plans moving in the right direction. Here are some strategies to get some of the little things done while you’re snowed in:

  1. Repair and paint the trim around doorways and hallways. These areas are the first to get scuff marks and show signs of wear and tear in your home. (Save the front door for after the snow J)
  2. Update outdated light fixtures. One of our recommended favorites is this contemporary light from Lowe’s.
  3. Clean or replace the switch plates on all your lights switches. Basic white or ivory is best.
  4. Clean and organize closets/pantries.  “Perception is reality”. If buyers think you’ve taken the time to organize your closets, they will feel assured you’ve taken care of the important things in the home such as the roof, the furnace and the bigger, costly components in the home.
  5. Keep close watch for potential snow damage on the exterior of your home. Corners of the house and the garage, as well as the trim around doors can really take a beating during bad weather. Keeping an eye out for the hot spots (or rather, cold spots) can save you money when the snow melts and the damage is done.

 

If you are showing your home during the snowy winter, make sure to observe how your winter “living” may translate through a buyer’s eyes.  For example;

 

HOME SELLER…           BUYER Thinks..

 

Piles shoes next to door                      “There is a lack of storage space in the house.”

Places tape around drafty windows.       → “This house needs new windows.”

 

Regardless of the time of year you choose to sell, you can still achieve that essential “wow” factor with staging tactics that resonate with your buyers. For more ideas on how to stage your home, visit our website at www.StagingNewEngland.com 

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Nice post Stayci. In this weather I wonder if there is any value to adding snowmen to the front yard.

February 09, 2011 07:26 AM
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Thanks John. At this point, I think even the snowmen are tired of the snow. But at least we don't have to worry about keeping our lawns green and pretty. ;)

February 09, 2011 07:50 AM
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