Cindy was recently asked by Addison Magazine to share her expertise on selling in the winter months. Most people prefer to list in the spring time when a lot of buyers are out looking for houses; however, Cindy notes that "there is always less inventory in the winter months, so [there's] less competition, and buyers looking at this time are usually serious buyers." Here are Cindy's tips on how to make your home desirable to these serious buyers.
1. Landscaping Cindy says that "since landscaping and trees are not in their prime, add potted plants and seasonal color, and prep beds with fresh bark mulch." Bringing in a pop of color among dead trees and grass can make a backyard much more appealing. 3711 Maywood Court presents the perfect example of adding seasonal potted plants to liven up the backyard and accent the sparkling pool. Landscaping can make a huge difference!
2. Lighten & Brighten "The days are shorter and usually it's not as bright in the house during the gloomy winter days," Cindy says, "so make sure you have brighter light bulbs and keep windows clean." Keeping your windows clean is especially important when you have an incredible view. The photos of 1901 Park Street in Azle were taken the day before the North Texas icepocalypse - hence the cloudy skies, bare trees, & dead grass - but because of the bright interior, fires in the fireplaces, and pristine windows showcasing spectacular lake views, the house looks beautiful.
3. To Stage or Not To Stage? Cindy says that it depends on the house and sometimes vacant is better. "A lot depends on the condition of the home," she says, "If the carpet and paint are worn, staging a home can hide some of the wear and tear. If the home is in show condition, you may be able to leave it vacant or partially furnished and let the floor plan show." 7008 Brook Forest Circle features an oversized game/media room with fresh paint & carpet - since it's empty, it shows off how large the space is.
4. Keep it Squeaky Clean Cindy suggests keeping countertops clear, decluttering, and making sure closets are neat. This is essential in letting buyers visualize their own belongings in the house, without being distracted by a lot of unnecessary clutter. This photo of the master bath vanity area and walk-in closet of 6517 Timber Wolf Trail (this bathroom also has a separate shower/tub ROOM, it's unbelievable!). Clear countertops complement the sleek design of the home, clean mirrors provide a more spacious feel, and the closet is neat and organized.
5. Create Curb Appeal Make sure leaves are always raked, sidewalks are clear, and consider simple upgrades. You could replace the mailbox, update the hardware on your front door, install lights along the sidewalk leading to your front door, and trim overgrown bushes & trees that might obstruct the view of your home. 2805 Mill Haven Court is picture perfect with a stunning drive-up! MSN Real Estate has some great tips for improving your home's curb appeal.