Staging your home in Southern Maryland for a quick sale can be a time consuming task, even more so during the cold winter months. Not only does one have to contend with other homes on the market, and numerous buyers, but the weather can present a problem in terms of access to the home and the cleanliness of the interior. We'd like to offer some winter home staging tips to help during a cold wet winter.
It's important to have a clear access way at all time to the home for both the sake of showing and for safety. Sidewalks and driveways can easily become danger areas as ice and snow can turn even the nicest yard into a skating rink. Its a daily task to ensure that the driveways and walkways are clear and safe. During periods that are particularly icy and snowy you may want to be sure the listing calls for by appointment only showings.
Keep a good supply of sand, rock salt or another de-icing agent on hand is imperative. The last thing you want is a prospective buyer to slip on their way to the door. Remember if people have to trudge through knee deep snow to reach your front door, it won't look good for you as a seller. Keep the driveway shoveled and de-iced at all times. Its also a good idea to clear snow off the eaves and edges of the roof. Make sure there are no dangers to the visitors to your home. Keep in mind it's still your home and you are responsible for the safety of those entering it.
Keeping the inside of a home clean while the weather is wet and snowy presents a different challenge. This is compounded if your home is a popular showing. With numerous people coming in during a day, its a great idea to have plastic shoe covers to help stop the problem of snow and dirt getting tracked into your home. You can purchase these inexpensive shoe covers (like the ones worn by home improvement employees visiting your home ) at almost any hardware store and online at places like Amazon.com.
Remember to keep the home warm and inviting. Set your thermostat so those entering from inside will feel comfortable. If you have a fireplace, light it. The ambiance and warmth will help visitors to stay longer and explore all that your home has to offer. Ideally you would like your home to be as inviting and interesting as possible. The winter months give a homeowner the opportunity to showcase their homes during the dreary winter weather. It's a chance to turn your home into a winter palace that will interest buyers from the moment they see it.