How To Prep Your Home For Sale This Winter

Dated: 01/07/2020

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 How To Prep Your Home For Sale This Winter

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Written by: Suzie Wilson (

The fall or winter is a great time to sell your home. Only serious buyers are looking at homes during these months, and with less competition, you can close the deal faster. You have a great home, but make sure potential buyers appreciate its charms with these tips for irresistible appeal to quickly sell your home this fall or winter. 

Curb Appeal

Your front yard is the first thing potential buyers will see, so create a great first impression by increasing the curb appeal of your home. Rake up any leaves from the yard and keep walkways clear of snow or ice. Most of your viewings will be in the evenings, so be sure the light above your door casts strong light over the porch and creates a welcoming glow. Make your home even more inviting by attracting colorful birds to your yard with a bird feeder. 

During the colder months, your yard isn’t as green as usual, and your summer plants aren’t in bloom. Add potted plants to the deck for a pop of color and put in a winter flower garden to spruce things up with a splash of red berries or winter blooms. Plant a few low-maintenance winter shrubs that will add both greenery and color to your yard. Witch hazel, boxwood, Japenese pieris, juniper, and holly are great options for hardy plants that add color and texture to your garden.

Creating Space

Staging the interior of your home is an important step to increasing appeal and closing the deal. Potential buyers are trying to visualize their own furniture and decor in the home, so make it easier for them by boxing up most of your small decorations and removing any clutter from your home. Is there an old couch in your family room you’re not taking to your new home? Get rid of it now and create the illusion of more space.


A bright home sells better, and during the winter months, it’s important to add more light. Start by cleaning the windows. Not only will the dirt on the glass be easier to see in the night, it will block the last evening light from coming into the home. Trim any trees or bushes that are blocking the light, and make your windows sparkle before showing your home. The lighting in your home is extremely important, so invest some time in updating your lamp shades, cleaning light fixtures, and flooding the house with soft, warm light.

Holiday Decor

You probably have a box of favorite Christmas decorations your family thinks are bit outrageous.  Be aware that if you’re selling your home over the holiday season, the way youdecoratecould cost you a sale. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to holiday decor, so keep your decorations simple and stick to the basics. Don’t go for the oversized tree this year and hold off on the flashing lights. A pop of color and some festive decorations on the mantel will make your home inviting, and that’s all you need. Make it easy for potential buyers to imagine sitting down in front of your fire with the right decorations.

The Smell of Christmas

The way your home smells can have an instant effect on buyers, and if your home smells like fresh cookies and spiced chai, potential buyers will feel charmed without even realizing it. You don’t have to bake cookies before every showing, and a holiday candle can add to the atmosphere. Be cautious with thescentand don’t burn candles that will overwhelm the senses.


Getting your home ready for a fall or winter sale is easy! Follow these tips for irresistible appeal, and sell your home this holiday season.

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D.J. Ten Hoeve

Hey there! I'm D.J. Ten Hoeve. I work with builders, buyers, homeowners, renters and investors in Central New Jersey (Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean Counties) who want to sell over asking price, f....

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