Winter is not usually a prime selling season in real estate. You have holidays, cold weather and shorter days to contend with. But this year, we're seeing significant home sales, even in the middle of winter. So if you're planning to sell your home and were going to put it off till spring, you may want to reconsider. Interest rates are still very low and Northern Nevada has a surplus of buyers interested in owning a home. It's a good time to sell! If you'd like more information about the local real estate market, call us at 775-453-4568.
If you're planning to sell your home this winter, the following are some tips to make your home look its best.
1. Prevent Water Damage. Drainage issues can wreak havoc on your foundation and crawl space. Look for puddles, rotting wood or peeling and bubbling paint. Make sure your roof and gutters in in good repair to prevent ice dams and leaks.
2. Maintain Landscape. Landscape can still be kept neat even though we're not in the growing season. Fresh mulch or rock, trimmed bushes and trees, and decorative accents like benches or pergolas can make an otherwise plain, winter yard look better.
3. De-Clutter. It's a great time to begin de-cluttering for your upcoming move. Get a head start on spring cleaning by tackling the closets or the garage.
4. Fireplace Cleaning. Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected. Not only will you be protecting your own family from a potential fire hazard, but you can include the inspection documents when you sell your home.
5. Lighten Up. Dark rooms don't show as well, especially on cloudy winter days. Paint dark rooms a lighter, neutral color. Add extra lighting to darker rooms and keep all window coverings open to let in natural light.
6. Work with a Realtor You Trust. An experienced real estate agent can make a huge difference in how smoothly a transaction can go. Interview agents, read testimonials and choose an agent you're comfortable working with.
If you have questions about the local real estate market or selling your Northern Nevada home, please contact us. We would be honored to help.