Winter is often a slow time for real estate transactions in Vancouver. Buyers focus their money on holiday expenditures, and sales often languish. If you’re interested in putting your East Vancouver real estate property up for sale this winter, know that it can be a bit challenging to sell it quickly, but it can be done.
The main reason winter is not an ideal time to put a home on the market is because the property won’t show as well. However, you can brighten your home and make it look pleasant for buyers by taking the following steps.
Make sure the exterior is presentable
You need to make the exterior of the house look well-maintained, so take care of any minor repairs needed to update the look. While you may not be able to repaint during the cold seasons, it can help to wash paintwork and siding with soapy warm water. Clear the path of snow to ensure accessibility.
Let the light in
Wash the windows before you show your home because grime has a way of being more obvious in winter light. Open up the blinds, shutters or any drapery you may have to brighten up the place. Turn on every light fixture, including appliance and closet lights. Place spotlights in dark rooms for adequate illumination.
Turn up the heat
When people view your home, you’ll want to create a warm, welcoming feeling, so turn up the thermostat a degree or two warmer than usual, then set the temperature at normal to keep HVAC noise levels down. If you have a fireplace, turn it on. You can also bake pastries to give the house a nice, homey smell. If this is too much effort, a delicately scented candle may suffice.
Take advantage of the holiday season
Smart holiday decorations can add festivity and joy to your East Vancouver home for sale. A holiday wreath at the door, a Christmas tree on a corner, and Christmas lights can welcome buyers and lift their spirits.
Work with a savvy East Vancouver real estate agent
Having a good East Vancouver real estate agent market your home increases your chances of selling your home fast exponentially. A good agent can identify where you stand with your selling situation and know how to move to get buyers interested in your property.
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