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7 Ways to Get Top Dollar for Your Home during the Off-Season

Going into winter, you'll find that buyers who are willing to trudge through snow to see a home tend to be much more motivated to make a purchase than those who spend a sunny Saturday dropping into open houses.

If you're thinking of listing your home in the next few months, follow these steps to ensure a quick sale at a great price:

1. Skip the holiday d├ęcor

Staging basics such as decluttering and depersonalizing still count during the holidays, so it's best to keep the inflatable Rudolph and the tinsel in storage.

You never know who your potential buyer is, you don't want to potentially turn someone off.

If you must decorate remember classic is always best. Hang an elegant wreath on the front door.

Don't overdo the lights; simple white lights can add a festive touch.

Skip the tree and box up the greeting cards.

Decorate a tree only if you have a great room and you want to show off a high ceiling.

2. Update your photo

Its's fine to lead your listing right now with a gorgeous photo of crimson- and gold-leaved trees on the front lawn, but once the leaves have fallen, you'll want a new photo to keep the listing looking fresh. Try to snap photos on days when there's a blue sky, which will pop against a blanket of white snow.

3. Keep the outside neat

Curb appeal is just as important but slightly more difficult to achieve in fall and winter. A leaf- or snow-covered lawn can be beautiful, but it can also get messy quickly. Make sure it's neat and tidy. Put an added focus on raking and removing leaves, and consider hiring a snow-removal service to be sure that your driveway and walkways are clear and safe for visitors at all times.

4. Clear the entryway

You'll want to make sure there's space for a few people (like a couple and their agent) to stand in the foyer, shed their winter clothes, and stomp off the debris on their shoes. Maybe provide an umbrella stand and shoe covers to keep visitors from tracking mud and snow through your home.

5. Make it warm--literally and figuratively

It's vital that a house be warm, but not too warm that people have to peel off all their clothes, but definitely not so cold that they want to get out as fast as possible. If you have a fireplace, make sure it's lit, a roaring fireplace during a weekday showing is a cozy way to celebrate the winter and warm visitors as well.

6. Be more flexible with showings

There are fewer hours of daylight, when your home looks its best, in the winter months, so try to accommodate potential buyers who want to come for daytime visits.

7. Light it up

Even during the day, cloudy gray skies can make window-lined rooms feel gloomy. Adding floor lamps and turning on all the lights will make the property feel more welcoming. Light up every dark corner because they can make a room feel smaller than it is. If visitors are coming at night, you'll want to turn on all your exterior lights as well.

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Information obtained from Realtor.com

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