During the winter months, it may be hard to ready your home for an open house, but these tips can help buyers see past the snow and dream big.
• Access to your front door must be easy. Clear all snow and ice from the driveway, front walk, porch and any paths around the house and backyard.
• Decide how to manage coats and boots so as not to distract from your entryway’s first impression. Put out a freshly washed or new rug and keep a spare tucked away, as a backup.
• Fill your home with bright and warm light, creating a cozy contrast to the cold outside.
• Find the perfect temperature. Keep in mind the door is going to open and close throughout the day.
• Showcase summer photos. If you have a photo of your backyard in full bloom, blow up a copy and display it by the backdoor.
• Create a welcoming and relaxing first impression with light aromas. Brew coffee, warm a pie in the oven or light a mild-scented candle. The rule is to keep fragrances very light to not overwhelm scent-sensitive buyers.
• Resist the holidays. Holiday decorations act as clutter hiding your home’s potential, and nothing can make a room look smaller than a Christmas tree and gift-wrapped boxes. If you cannot resist, a small ornament on the hearth or another small nod to the holiday your family celebrates can add charm without taking over.