Winter is a notoriously difficult time to show a Boston Beacon Hill condo for sale. It gets dark early, the cold weather is daunting, and unoccupied can homes can be un-welcomingly. For a number of reasons, winter is not the best time of the year to sell a home in Beacon Hill. However, sometimes home owners have to move and cannot pick when, or would prefer to sell as soon as possible regardless of market conditions.
There are still buyers and Boston real estate agents out there looking at hundreds of homes in downtown Boston every day! Winter is an easy time for your home to outshine the competition by offering buyers just what they want — a coziness, warmth and a bright spot in the grey. Read on to discover my top real estate agent tips for improving your Beacon Hill condo curb appeal in winter. Each one is affordable and can be accomplished in less than a day!
1. First things first – The hallway entrance
It’s not crafty, but it can be fun, and it’s definitely DIY! Clean up your hallway entrance.. Your hallway entrance is the first thing that buyers see, so make sure its looking it’s best! As a real estate agent who has walked through hundreds if not thousands of homes, I promise you that it will be worth the effort.
2. Brighten up the night.
Most home buyers are busy and often only have time to look at homes after work — in the dark! Unfortunately, in the depth of winter it can get dark in Beacon Hill a bit after 4pm! Not ideal for seller or buyer, but as the seller you can make the most of it. When home viewers roll up to check out the condominium, lure them in with lighting that clearly and safely marks the way to the front door. In addition, good landscape lighting can illuminate front entrance features and even the building exterior.
4. Utilize smart home devices to your advantage.
Real estate agents often will not bother to switch on all the lights in your home when they show it — but you can! More and more homeowners are using smart technology to control lights, thermostats, garage doors and more remotely. You don’t need to replace all of your bulbs with smart ones, but a few strategically located ones can make the difference between pulling up to a darkened home and one that is cheerily lit. In addition, smart thermostats are one of the top technological investments home buyers are likely to make, and they can solve one of the major obstacles to showing a vacant home in the winter — staying warm. Tell your heating system to turn on an hour before the buyers show up, and they’re much more likely to want to stick around!
5. Focus on the front door.
Finally, cleaning is done. For a homey touch, hang a wreath on the front door. They’re fun and easy to make; even easier to buy. Other nice front entry decorations for winter include topiaries, attractive house numbers, solar lanterns, and potted evergreen plants. Oh, and a special request from the showing agent – install a motion sensor light so that we can find the lockbox quickly and easily, getting buyers out of the cold and into your home!
Need more ideas? Not sure how to improve your home’s curb appeal? Contact your Beacon Hill real estate agent today!