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Winter Tips For Showing A House

Showing a home in winter

 If your home is on the market, there is a good the chance of wintery weather.

Buyers, who are serious, may have a limited time and will want to see properties no matter what the weather. 

      If access to your home is NOT safe, then do not allow showings. 

Make sure your insurance is up to date.

If there is snow, keep up with clearing the path from the car to the home’s entrance.

Keep salt or sand nearby.

Have shoe coverings available for visitors.

Make sure buyers are accompanied.

 

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       Curb appeal is important. Make sure the house numbers are visible and prominent,  the mailbox is new or freshly painted and the entry doors are immaculate. If not replace all three.  Since many sellers do not use their main entrance, have them take a look as though they were the potential buyer.

Take a picture of the front of the house and the entryway.

Show the picture to your Realtor® and ask for suggestions to enhance the appearance.

Does it need a pop of color?  Does it need repair?

Is it clean, pretty and inviting?

 

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      Keep the temperature, inside, comfortable for yourself. If vacant make sure there is someone, like your agent,  who can adjust the temp to 68 degrees prior to all showings. There are programmable thermostats that can be controlled by smartphones. Good idea to install one. Set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees, you do NOT want to risk the possibility of frozen pipes.

Walking into a cold house is a real NoNo... not at all warm and inviting.

 

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Comment balloon 22 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • November 30 2018 04:42PM

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What great information here Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  and this post has been

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Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 10 months ago

It's rare to have snow in my market, but honestly it just closes business for the most part.  We had one day of snow in January of 2018 and I did list a home that day, but they met me at my office on their way out of town and I went and did the house and photos a few days later when it melted.  But we don't have plows and shovels so we just generally stay home.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 10 months ago

Thank you Hannah Williams for the honor of being featured in Banatude.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 10 months ago

Tammy Lankford, Snow for you guys is pretty much a novelty and a day off. Always good to see you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 10 months ago

Great tips for winter showings there are buyer's in every season. Have a great weekend.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) 10 months ago

Pat Champion There are buyers in every season whether wind, rain, snow, ice or heat waves. Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 10 months ago

WEll these are great tips for not only winter but also all year long

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 10 months ago

William Feela So true about now and the other  seasons.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 10 months ago

These pictures make me love Houston even more!

Posted by Jeanne Gregory, The most important home I sell is YOURS! (RE/MAX Southwest) 10 months ago

Great tips, Margaret. We rarely get this type of weather, but plenty of rain and wind during winter.  However, there's a take-away for everyone. Keep homes accessible and safe - and warm! 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 10 months ago

Those are important tips for home showings during winter, Margaret.  It's sure to make a difference!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 10 months ago

Jeanne Gregory Glad you are loving Houston

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 10 months ago

Thanks Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD These tips can be helpful for many. Sometimes the leaves need to be raked to make it safe and presentable.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 10 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat Not your problem in Ca. Always good to see you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 10 months ago

Margaret, So important to be in tune with local weather.  It is so dangerous when sidewalks are icy.  We mostly encounter such problems when a house is vacant.  But still sellers need to be vigilant if they do not want a potential law suit from someone falling on their property.  We hear of such cases now and again. As you mentioned, best to stop showings during bad weather.

Good advice.

 

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 10 months ago

Dear Margaret,

All great tips. Not a huge fan of salt, since it works only in a very narrow temperature range & can kill nearby plants. Better to clear & put sand. However, in sheet ice conditions, it is useful.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) 10 months ago

Gloria Todor But you know there are showings that have to happen when the buyers are available. Vacant houses can be a real challenge if there are no planned preparations for weather. Always good to see you both.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 10 months ago

Dörte Engel  You are so right about the salt and our plants. It also gets into the drinking water of nearby wells. Our area uses a lot of salt when snow and ice are predicted especially on our main roads and beltways.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 10 months ago

Good advice!  I prefer not to show homes once it's dark outside...and so difficult to read the house numbers!!!  However, it has to happen at this time of year.  that first impression when walking up to the house is very important!

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) 10 months ago

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR  Most houses do not show well at night...especially the first showing. When it is dark around  4:45...we sometimes have to accommodate the buyers.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 10 months ago

And most important of all, after the snow has melted be sure and post new pictures on the MLS of the home without the snow in front.  I see this every once in a while.  A snowy photo in April is a sure sign the house has been on the market for a while.  Heck it saves me a click, so that's OK!

Posted by Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent, Bringing buyers and sellers together! (Compass Realty Solutions) 10 months ago

Good point Susan McCall, Everyone needs a home  With our almost unlimited amount of MLS photos...we can have pictures from all four seasons.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 10 months ago

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