Sell Your Home in the Winter

An unshoveled driveway or pathway can be an eye sore and safety hazard. (Photo: Design Recipes)


As the cold weather and snow settles in some parts of the country, it may create a challenging landscape for thousands of home sellers.

Traditionally, the winter is one of the hardest periods in which to sell a home. The period between Thanksgiving and the new year poises a unique set of challenges. Enter winter weather, and as a home seller, you are going to want to look for ways to put your best foot forward.

For those looking to sell their homes this winter, Design Recipes has some winter selling tips.

Curb appeal
Curb appeal is important year-round, but especially in the winter. A unkempt house on the outside will be perceived as not taken care of on the inside. Landscaping should be kept and trimmed. Weather-hardy evergreens can go a long way to helping improve winter curb appeal.

Winter maintenance
Making sure repairs have been made is important to home selling. Make sure gutters are in place and secure as well as exterior elements such as windows and doors. Ensure that windows and doors are in good working condition and tight and snug to keep out winter elements.

Driveways and walkways
It is important to make sure all of your driveways, walkways and paths are clear and clean. Not only is an unshoveled driveway an eyesore, it’s also a potential safety hazard.

With the sun setting earlier, exterior lighting will be important, especially when with evening showings. Add outdoor lighting elements such as motion lights and pathway or walkway lighting. Additionally, interior lighting will be important as well. When in doubt, add more. Some general tips include incorporating higher wattage light bulbs as well as additional floor and or table lamps.

Key interior selling features
Once inside your property, many potential buyers will be looking for some of the following elements.
– Freshly painted walls
– Refinished or clean floors
– Organized storage
– Updated bathrooms, kitchens

By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service (TNS). Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at or visit her website at