Selling a home is an often time-consuming process. You need to get your home staged properly, be ready for a showing at a moment’s notice, and prepare for open houses to market your home to the community. Add winter conditions into the mix, and you’re in for a bit of a challenge. While an experienced real estate agent can help you with many of the details, there are a few things you can do to prepare for an open house in the winter.

Shovel Your Driveway

When you’re preparing your home for an open house in winter, it’s important to take extra care when shoveling snow. Clear snow and ice away from walkways and sidewalks as much as possible and make sure guests have a clear path from the street to your door. Use an environmentally friendly ice melt to keep new ice from forming. With high volumes of foot traffic, the smallest icy patch can be a real safety hazard and create a negative impression of your home.

Kick the Heat Up

While you may like to keep your thermostat set a few degrees lower to conserve energy, consider bumping it up during the open house. The frequent opening and closing of the front door lets in a lot of cold air, and keeping prospective buyers comfortable as they tour your home is incredibly important. You want your space to feel inviting and welcoming, and warmth in the winter is a sure way to increase those feelings.

Make Use of Natural Light

Winters on the East Coast can be gray, but that doesn’t mean you should keep the shades drawn. Open the blinds and let as much natural light into each room as possible. Be sure to turn on overhead lights and lamps as well. You want your home to appear bright and cheery, and good lighting will help.

At Thomas J. Real Estate, our agents have years of experience helping families buy and sell homes in the Highland Mills area. Don’t handle the selling process alone. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our agents.