Selling a House in Winter? It can be Done!
Shovel, shovel, shovel...shovel the walk-way, shovel the steps, shovel the deck, shove the path to the garage, shovel your parking spaces and don't forget to shovel that poop if you’re a pet owner. Not only do you need to shovel, it is your responsibility to make sure the exterior areas people are walking on are safe. So after you shovel, sand and salt!
Light it up - On top of the snow, we also have to deal with the short daylight hours here in Northern Alberta. No one has ever complained about a house being too bright, so be sure to turn all the lights on, inside and out, and if you have a room that’s still a little dark, time to invest in some lamps.
Clean it up - Make sure the inside is warm, clean, clutter-free and smells inviting - candles, wax pots and plugins are great, but don't overdo it. And remember, your entrance is the first thing your potential buyer will see, so NO boots and jackets piled up by the door and your closets should be organized, not stuffed with everything you usually hang up on your hooks or leave on the boot rack. You don’t want your house remembered as the cold house with no closet space and the faint smell of yesterday's dinner or cat litter.
Any time you have a viewing or open house, consider it your one chance to showcase all your home has to offer. Winter might seem like an impossible time to sell your house, but when you put your home’s best foot forward, it can be done! Happy buying and selling Fort McMurray!