Keeping Your Calgary Home Beautiful in Winter

Many people believe that it's harder to sell your home in the winter than the summer. But there are some real advantages to selling during the colder months.

To begin with, far from the sometimes frantic action of the early spring market, sellers can take a little more time to carefully consider offers, and also with fewer homes on the market, there’s significantly less competition. Those things that lead people to make home purchases -- a new job, a growing family, up- or downsizing -- happen throughout the year, so there are still plenty of buyers available. The truth is, winter is a great time for playing up your home’s warm, family-friendly charm.

Start with the exterior

As for any other season, make sure the home’s appearance looks effectively maintained and taken care of, with eaves troughs clear and minor repairs covered. While you can’t fresh paint in winter, washing paintwork and also siding with comfortable soapy water on a mild day can make a huge difference. Make sure the windows are freshly washed also.

Tend to foliage

Make sure that shrubs and tree-branches bent down with snow don’t obstruct paths or entrances; brush the compacted snow off or prune whenever necessary. Ensure that the walkway is shoveled and ice-free before every single showing; not only will this be a courtesy and crucial to making the property look well maintained, but if any visitor slips and is hurt, you could be chargeable for damages.

Adorn the entrance

A wreath on the front door or porch presents a welcoming entrance. Plant urns with festive greenery, the fuller the better: with cedar or pine branches, tuck in sprigs of sacred, dried berries, magnolia leaves, corkscrew hazel or red toe branches with silver ball ornaments and perhaps gold thread ribbon woven through the device.