You have decided to sell your home, but it is wintertime (or about to be), which is typically the slowest time of the year for home sales. Here are some words of advice to help you prepare your home to make the best impression, especially during winter months, and make your home stand out to potential buyers.

For a potential buyer, the first thing he or she will see if the outside of your home, and this makes a big difference. If the curb appeal as it is called is unacceptable, a buyer may not even leave his/her vehicle. Look for ways to remove all the new debris that fell during fall and winter months, like tree limbs and branches and excess leaves. Look for ways to boost the front yard with minor home decor like an American flag or fresh potted plants out front. If it is icy, be sure to de-ice your front driveway and any sidewalks as well as your back yard patio and deck to ensure the safety of those walking outside during the winter months.

Do a thorough walk around the outside of your home and spot areas that need a good cleaning or repair work, like screen repairs and touch-up paint and others. Get the roof inspected, and be sure the walls and fences are in excellent shape too. Check all exterior light fixtures and make are all light bulbs are in working order as well. Clean up your porch and deck as best as you can too. Don’t go too overboard on any holiday decorations outside either. It may appear beautiful to you and your family but others may not think the same way as you do. Other tips include that we recommend you get your windows cleaned inside and out and buy a new front door welcome mat too. And if you find a home improvement project is just too large for you, call a bonded, licensed and insured home remodeling company in the area.

When you hire a home inspector before showing off your home in the wintertime, know that he/she may have a few extra winter tools with them in prep for a winter home inspection, items like extra flashlight batteries and hand warmers, changing of boots and/or clothing and socks, de-icing granules and a thermal imaging camera.

So when you are ready to sell your home, check out these quick home improvement tips to ensure your potential buyers a safe and thorough home walk-through in your home.

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