Winter open houses done right

    It’s gotten cold in recent weeks.  After all, it is now winter.  As real estate agents know, that can’t stop them from going about their business to sell houses.  As The Powell Group at Keller Williams of the Western Upstate of South Carolina can tell you, having an open house is often necessary to call attention to a house that is on the market.

    As realtors know, there are several steps house sellers must take in order to prepare for an open house with their agent.  In the winter, there are even more issues to be aware of.  The Powell Group wants to bring your attention to these issues.

    You need to take extra steps to prepare for an open house in winter
    Take extra steps to prepare for an open house in winter

    Firstly, if you are selling a house, clear the path of snow.  Obviously, you want people to visit your home.  But, if they can’t get to the entrance, you will have a problem.  Besides, you don’t want to run the risk of having potential buyers fall because of ice and snow.  Obviously, that will cause more problems than you bargained for. once buyers are in the house, make sure they have a place to wipe their feet or remove their shoes,

    Once buyers are in the house, make sure they have a place to wipe their feet or remove their shoes, jackets and other belongings.  This will show two things.  It will show that you cared enough to think ahead to create such a place for buyers and other guests.  Plus, it will also make sure that mud and other things from outside are not tracked inside the house.

    Next, think about your homebuyers when decorating the house.  You may love all the Christmas lights and other paraphernalia, but your buyers may think it’s too much.  Remember – they are coming to your house with the intention of buying it, and they may prefer a toned-down atmosphere.  So, keep the decorating to a minimum.  Less can truly yield more in the long run.

    Lastly – and this should go without saying – pay attention to the forecast.  If you schedule an open house, but you find out that a big storm is coming, plan accordingly.  No one will come to you when it hits.  Therefore, it is wise to have a “storm date” built into the schedule.

    The Powell Group encourages you to do what needs to be done during an open house in the winter.  Our team members can walk you through the process to successfully showcase your home.

    If you are moving within the Western Upstate of South Carolina, log on to our website and have a look at all of our beautiful homes.  We are sure you will find exactly what you are looking for.

    (Photo used from Flickr)

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