Christy Morrison - Truckee Tahoe Realtor

How to Sell a Tahoe Home in Winter

Feb. 19, 2016

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Up here in the mountains, we’ve had three years of drought. However, this year we are looking at a much heavier winter. The home selling season doesn’t slow down up here once the weather gets colder. In fact, we sold twice as many homes this November as we did in October. The market isn’t showing signs of slowing down, so we thought we would offer you some tips on how to prepare your home to sell this winter. Here are our top 5 tips:

1. Make sure the home is heated
A lot of homes up here are second homes, and owners will keep the heat and water off during the winter while they aren’t there. If you don’t plan on selling, that’s fine. However, if you do plan on selling, you’ll need to keep that heat on while the house is being shown. Buyers don’t like looking at homes where they can see their breath.

2. De-clutter
This is a big one. You want your home to be clean, presentable, and a place where people can feel comfortable and at home. De-cluttering will maximize your space and minimize the distractions in the home.

3. Holiday decorations
The holidays are an emotional time for people. We want potential buyers to fall in love with your home, and with some holiday decorations, they are more likely to do so. 

4. Snow removal
Clear all the walkways and driveways. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve shown client's homes that are barricaded by snow drifts. Buyers don’t want to have to walk through snow piles just to get into a home.

5. Price correctly
When selling during the winter, you’ve got to price correctly. We want your home to be one of the best values on the market. This way, you’ll receive multiple offers and create a bidding war on your property. That’s how you sell for top dollar.

If you have any questions for us, or are interested in buying or selling in Tahoe this winter, give us a call or send us an email. We’d be happy to help you out!

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