Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to Sell Your Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield IL Home in the Winter

Before we all begin to think spring here on the North Shore, it's important to note that those who list during the winter may have an advantage this year! Selling your home when the temperatures are low could help you appeal to the motivated buyers in today's market, but there are a few steps you will need to take first.

Not all homes in Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Highland Park, and Northbrook are ready to list in the winter, so I've included below four ways to prepare to show off your property's best features this time of year.

Keep the home accessible
When the snow falls, pathways to your home from driveways to sidewalks can easily become blocked. Take extra precautions to keep your home accessible for buyers visiting during the winter, whether by shoveling, using ice melt or clearing an alternate route to the front door. If you have a back entrance, be sure to clear that path too!

Keep the home warm
Cold homes on Chicago's North Shore can be a major turn-off for buyers. As you can imagine, it's difficult to feel warm and inviting vibes when visiting a chilly property. Keep the heat on for potential buyers, especially if you have a showing scheduled.

Showcase the outdoor features
No matter what time of year it is in Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Highland Park, and Northbrook, your outdoor features are a selling point! Make sure assets like a pool, deck, or patio are visible from indoors and are included in your marketing to buyers. If possible, clear a slice of space in the outdoor area so buyers can step out and get a feel for what your home has to offer.

Showcase the indoor winter features
When the weather is cold, buyers will love to see a working fireplace! If your North Shore home is lucky enough to have one, consider lighting a fire during showings or open houses and ensuring nothing is blocking this major focal point.

Waiting until spring to sell your North Shore home may sound like a great idea, but winter can be just as beneficial! Give me a call today for more information about the local real estate market or finding your home value to get started. I've helped scores of North Shore home sellers find success and move on to their next dream homes and I look forward to helping you do the same in 2017!

Janie Bress
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