White house covered in fresh snow

This year has been challenging to say the least. With the worldwide health crisis, stress can accumulate fast. Everyone has had their share of canceled plans, changes with work and school, and how we socialize with each other. Luckily one area that hasn’t been turned on its axis is the housing market. In fact, the housing market is still strong, in fact, in 2020, it is estimated that around 5.46 million existing homes are going to be sold. 

The average snowfall in Joliet, Illinois is 28 inches, so chances are, at some point during the sale of your home you’ll experience plenty of inclement weather. Here is some positive news, because the housing inventory is generally smaller during the winter, lenders are less busy. This means that when your buyers are ready to go under contract, they can get their financing ready to go that much faster, and everyone can make it to closing quicker. If you are planning on selling your home in the winter months there are surefire ways to boost your curb appeal. Here are some ways to get your house winter-ready with these tips from HGTV. 

  • Safety first. First and foremost, you want to ensure that buyers can make it to your front door without any accidents. Prevent slips by clearing your driveway, walkways, and stairs of snow, ice, and leaves.
  • A tidy lawn. Your grass may no longer be green, but you can still keep your lawn looking neat so buyers can picture what it will look like in the spring and summer. Keep your lawn clean by periodically raking up leaves and other debris.
  • Clean gutters. Leaves will accumulate in your gutters in the fall, so clean them out before putting your home on the market to show buyers that you care about exterior home maintenance.
  • Fresh paint. Because of bare trees, buyers have a clearer view of your home in the fall and winter than they do in the spring and summer. Faded or chipped paint will really stand out, so give your home a fresh coat if it needs it.
  • Outdoor lighting. As the days get shorter, having proper outdoor lighting will make your home safer and more attractive for buyers who come to visit at night. Use a series of path lights to illuminate the way to your front door, or flank the door with decorative sconces or lanterns.
  • Winter decorations. A giant inflatable Santa Claus in the front yard is sure to distract buyers, but subtle wintry decorations can bring out the best in your home. Try a simple wreath on the front door, small white lights strung around shrubbery, or a pile of firewood stacked neatly against a wall. 
  • Cold-weather plants. Evergreen trees or plants that can stand up to the cold weather such as pansies or witch hazel can liven up a drab landscape.

Are you ready to sell your home? Believe it or not, there’s a lot that goes into getting your home ready to be sold but you can be successful, even in the winter. If you have any questions about tips and tricks to getting your house prepared for selling, contact Nancy Hibler of Karges Realty. She has the knowledge to successfully assist clients in selling homes of any type with any price range. Contact Nancy Hibler for all your real estate needs by calling 815-263-5791 or visiting her website.