Q: What’s the most important thing to do when selling your house in winter?

This issue’s answer is submitted by Judy Foster of Coldwell Banker.

A: Being on the market during the winter presents unique challenges and opportunities. Take a good look at your home. How does it shape up to others in the area? Curb appeal is everything. Clean up walkways, rake up leaves, sweep away spider webs; sorry, Charlotte! Try adding some walkway lighting. Seasonal flower arrangements for the porch. Add a new doormat and seasonal wreath. Even lining your walkway with pumpkins is a great touch.

Here are a few things that are easy to do inside.

Clean all your light fixtures, make sure all bulbs work. Clean off all horizontal surfaces in the kitchen, accent that counter space. In the bedrooms, keep the floors clear; this helps showcase the size of the rooms. Backyards should be cleared of clutter; it’s winter – no one expects blooming gardens, but potential buyers want to see that you have loved and cared for your home. Try to engage the entire family in getting the home ready for each showing. This can help your home sell and alleviate the stress of selling your home.

Judy Foster, Realtor

Coldwell Banker

CalBRE #0117856 M: 707.480.5970