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8 Tips for Selling Your Hilltop Home in the Winter


December 30, 2015

Time to sell your Hilltop home, but leery about making the leap right now? While it’s true that winter is a less desirable time of year for home buyers to purchase, sellers of Hilltop real estate can often benefit from the season’s lower inventory by getting the same kind of price they might get in the summer—and sometimes even better. By managing expectations and staying flexible when it comes to the weather, there’s no reason why you can’t make a good sale this time of year. Read on for tips about how to sell your home during the winter:
  • Accept the weather – One of the best approaches to selling your home in the winter is to simply accept that weather can be a factor. Snowstorms can delay inspections and hold up the transferring of paperwork. But realizing this beforehand will help you keep a patient outlook throughout the process.
  • Ask the right price – Even if winter inventory is low in your neighborhood, you’ll still need to price your home right. Overpricing can keep your home on the market longer and raise concerns that something may be wrong with it.
  • Spruce up the landscaping – There are a number of things you can do to show off the outdoor space around your home, even in winter:
    • Trim your trees and shrubs, and clean up your flowerbeds.
    • Shovel snow off the driveway and walkways (or hire a service to do it for you).
    • Consider placing potted evergreen plants near your front door for added greenery and visual appeal.
  • Keep up exterior maintenance – Do some paint touch-ups to your doors and trim to make everything look clean and neat. And be sure to take care of your gutters along with any ice dams that may have formed.
  • Time your picture-taking – Once your home’s exterior and landscaping is up to par, make sure to take pictures on a nice day. We’re lucky in Denver to get many days of sunshine during the winter, and a blue sky can really help since most buyers start their search by looking at pictures online.
  • Show off your interior – Keeping your home clean and free of clutter is always important, but you can also employ a few more tricks in the winter:
    • Create a feeling of warmth with homey smells of baking and apple cider, and light a fire in your fireplace if you have one.
    • During daytime, open the curtains and turn on some lights. Or if you’re showing in the evening, consider turning on all the lights to create a brighter, more welcoming feel.
  • Make it easy to get to the lockbox – Don’t leave a snow drift between the lockbox and potential home buyers. Make sure to keep a clear path to it as long as you are showing your home.
  • Be upfront – Because winter weather can make it difficult for things like roof inspections, be upfront by sharing information with potential buyers about any repairs that will need to happen after winter and the results of previous inspections.
Selling your home is easier—no matter the time of year—when you work with Elevation Realty. For the latest Hilltop market trends or other information, feel free to contact us any time.
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