1. Clear a Path!

Continually shovel a path through the snow, especially if it's still falling. Footprints on freshly fallen snow will turn to ice, so scrape the walk. Sprinkle sand over the sidewalk and steps to ensure your buyers' stable footing. Remember, it is the owner’s responsibility to maintain the property, even if it’s vacant. Set up a snow removal service for your home if you have moved out of the area. Remember to open a path from the street to the sidewalk so visitors aren't forced to crawl over snowdrifts. Whether it’s raining or snowing, put a nice rug or rubber mat by the front door so prospective buyers can wipe off or remove their shoes.            

  1.  Let in the Light

Pull up the blinds and push back the drapes on every window. Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights. Brighten dark rooms with table lamps or other accent lighting.

3. Turn on the Heat

Pump up the heat! It's better to heat the house a degree or two warmer than usual and then set the temperature at normal. This prevents the heat from kicking on when the buyer is present. Also, potential buyers will not stay long in a cold house! They will assume something is wrong with the heating system, and move on to the next home. You want the temperature to be comfortable and to give the buyer more of a reason to linger, especially on a cold day.

  1.  Use Timers and Technology to Your Advantage

Plug indoor lamps into a timer to automatically turn on at times buyers will be present, and the times when the home would otherwise be dark. Consider using motion sensors that will light up in the evening when a buyer approaches your doorstep.

    5. Keep Holiday Décor To A Minimum

When your home is on the real estate market, you need to keep holiday decor to a minimum. This is not the time to let your Clark Griswald out! Too many decorative items can take up too much space, making rooms look smaller. Too many flashing lights and festive sounds can distract buyers from looking at the appealing features of your home.

Sellers that list their home during the fall and winter months can have distinct advantages over listing at other times of the year. Typically, the overall home inventory is lower, so buyers have less to choose from. Buyers who are shopping during these times can also be more serious buyers that have a strong desire to buy and are not intimidated by winter weather.

Our market in the Omaha, Carter Lake and Council Bluffs areas remains strong as of mid-November 2013. To make your next real estate move, call Omaha’s most trusted real estate team, The Jansen Team  – 402-330-5954