Tips to Selling Your Huntley Home in the Winter
By: Tony Delisi “The Results Guy” at RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest 847-471-7177
The Northwest Suburbs slows for winter but sales of Huntley Homes is still a great idea even in winter. There are a few extra steps to selling Huntley homes in winter. Let’s take a look at the helpful tips below.
Do Huntley Homes Sell In Winter?
You bettcha! Statistics from MRED the Multiple Listing Service show that the best month for contracts written on Huntley homes in 2016 was April with 783 homes going under contract in zip code 60142. However, surprisingly, in November 713 Huntley homes went under contract and in December, 709. So Winter is a great time to sell your Huntley home.
Here are some tips to sell your Huntley Home in Winter
1. Give Your Realtor Seasonal Photos of Your Huntley Homes
Find some exterior photos you are proud of to showcase the exterior of the property with the grass, trees, and landscaping in full bloom. However, your Realtor may not want to necessarily use these pictures as your main photos that you highlight online because a buyer may see the out of season images and think that the home has been on the market for months. Consider using the pictures towards the end, or even leave a photo album on the kitchen table with additional information about the property.
2. Limit Holiday Decoration of Huntley Homes
You want to hold back on any distractions from the home. By lightly decorating you can still make your home inviting for the holiday-themed showings but not cause a distraction to what your house has to offer.
3. Turn up the Heat
The temperature outside Huntley homes for sale imay start to get pretty cold. When you get that notification of an upcoming showing, consider turning the heat up just a little so it is nice and warm for guest coming in from the bitter temperatures.
4. Keep Walk Ways Clear
When you have your home on the market, it is important to keep safety in mind. Especially if there are any inclined walkways or steps. Always make sure they are clear of all snow and ice so nobody unexpectedly slips and falls. Clear your driveway too to make your Huntley home inviting in winter.
5. Daylight Savings- Add More Light To Huntley Homes
Now that the clocks are rolled back it’s getting darker earlier. Oftentimes buyers will schedule showings after normal work hours. Causing for a later, and darker showing. Sometimes showings may be when the sun is going down or even in some instances when it’s already dark! Consider adding brighter bulbs throughout the home to brighten up living areas and bedrooms. Also, make sure that if you have any burnt out light bulbs that you replace them as well.
6. The Smell of Winter
Set the mood. Many people enjoy the certain aromas that come along with fall and winter months. Consider using some of these winter scents to help make your house more inviting. Such as cinnamon scented pine cones, fresh sage wreath, fresh cut pine, gingerbread and more. Just remember not to overdo it. You don’t want it to seems as if you are trying to cover up something.
7. Get Rid of the Leaves!
Depending on the weather, if you are towards the end of the fall season or even into the winter months. Clean up the yard and walkways. Rake up all the leaves or shovel the snow from the driveway and walkways.
Having a layer of leaves blanketed across your lawn does not look good. Also, when people are viewing your property and walking around the outside of the home they may track in leaves into the home.
8. The Good News – Serious Buyers Buy Huntley Homes in the Winter
During the spring and summer months, you may get buyers coming through your house that are not necessarily serious. Especially during an open house. However, during the winter months, if a buyer is out looking at homes. They are very serious buyers.
9. More Good News For Huntley Home Sellers – Less Competition
Just as there are less active buyers during the winter, there is also less number of sellers as well. Which can be great news for people who have to sell because that means there is also less competition. However, as a homeowner you still want your home to stand out Spend the extra time and energy to make sure your home is ready to show.
10. Choose A Winter Realtor To Sell Your Huntley Home
If your Huntley home is ready to sell during the winter, be sure to choose the Realtor who knows Huntley and lives in Huntley. Also, choose a Realtor who works in all winter weather conditions and doesn’t take winter vacations. That Realtor is me…Tony Delisi at RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest. I love winter…I work all winter and I sell Huntley homes no matter what weather may be upon us. Call me now at 847-471-7177 and let’s talk about Huntley homes selling during winter.