Showing your home with inches of snow on the ground presents a specific set of concerns. Make sure your home is cozy and shows its best by following these quick tips.
1. Clear the Driveway and Walkways of Snow. Even if your garage is filled with moving boxes and you don't park there anyway. Even if you everyone who comes to see your home parks on the street. Even if you absolutely hate shoveling snow and you really don't want to. Not only will this give home viewers a safe place to walk to your door, but it looks better and less intimidating than a snow filled driveway and front porch.
2. Crank up the Heat. If you're comfy at 60 , that's great for your heating bill. But bump up your thermostat to at least 68 degrees for home showings. You want potential home buyers to feel comfortable upon entering your home. Make sure there isn't a chill in the air.
3. Have a Fire. If you have an electric, gas, or clean burning wood fireplace, consider having that on as an extra source of heat and added ambiance. If you have an older wood fireplace that leaves a smoky smell, make sure it's free of ash, but go fire-less. People with allergies may be turned off or may leave entirely.
4. Clean Up. With snow comes muddy, wet boots and dirty floors. Check over your entries (remember the garage entry to the home) to make sure any wet, muddy spots are cleaned up. If you have snow gear, make sure that's put away as well.
5. Have Non-Snowy Photos. Even if you have pictures of the yard during the winter, pictures that don't show 6 inches of snow show a lot more than those that do. Add pops of color in those pictures through potted plants or patio furniture if your spring plants haven't started blooming yet.
6. Utilize Outdoor Space. If you have an outdoor fireplace, make sure it's on. Have a covered patio? Keep your patio furniture out so potential home buyers can see what a great entertaining space you have.