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Preparing Your Edmonton Home for Winter Showings

There is no doubt about it! Even if the weather is relatively pleasant, your Edmonton home won’t show as well in the winter as it would in the summer, especially from the outside. Fortunately, there are many ways to make your home look more attractive and appealing to buyers during the winter season.

First, before showing your Edmonton home to a potential buyer,Clearing snow for all walkways on your Edmonton home to prepare for winter showings clear your front walkway including walkway to the garage if applicable. Make sure fence doors and gates open freely. Also, clear snow off the backyard deck or patio area. You want those picky buyers to be able to explore around your property without any obstructions. In short, do everything you can to make the experience of walking up to your front door and around your property as pleasant as possible.

Second, clear away any boots, shoes and other outerwear from the front foyer as you walk in. You want buyers to focus on your beautiful home, not a cluttered entranceway. Also, have mats on both the outside and inside of your main entranceway. This will give buyers – as well as you and your family – a chance to wipe their boots and shoes.

Adjust your thermostat to be comfortable for your Edmonton winter showings imageThird, adjust your thermostat. You want your home to feel warm, cozy and comfortable for potential buyers.If you have a gas fireplace, turn it on for that cozy feeling. Remember, being warm is a pleasant experience and that's what we are looking for.

Finally, in the winter, homes show much better during the day. In the evening, it may be too dark to fully  appreciate your property especially yard. Working with us as your REALTORS® to schedule viewings during the day whenever possible. If you can, have pictures of your property available that showcase what it looks like in the spring/summer. A flower garden in bloom or that fully grown in hedge really gives the buyers a better idea of how your home looks in non-winter months. That takes planning. So if you're even just casually thinking of the possibility of selling your home, take some good "spring/summer" pictures. Just don't have a date time stamped on the picture.

Hope you got something from this short blog post. Want more advice on how to sell your home in the winter? You can get a hold of us thru our contact page. Thanks!

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There are Advantages to Buying a Home in Edmonton's Winter

Here’s some advantages to buying a home during the off season in Edmonton, which means that you’ll be buying from November to February.

1.  Less competition …. There is less Edmonton winter home for sale giving buyers a great advantage picturecompetition from other buyers.   Many buyers don’t want to brave the cold and icy roads by driving the neighbourhoods and looking for properties during this time of the year.  This can translate into lower prices and better deals for the buyer.

2.  Prices decline …. Prices are typically less this time of the year, proven by the statistics from the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton (RAE) and from Realtor.ca.

3.  More time from your REALTOR®…..  Your real estate agent isn’t as busy this time of the year, you may get more of their time and expertise (so true compared to the busy spring rush).

4.  Not as many properties are receiving multiple offers …. We can remember during the summer season of 2012, many houses in Edmonton that were priced correctly had multiple offers on them, which translated into higher prices for the seller. All great news for sellers, not such great news for buyers. There is an emotional trigger than happens in multiple offers, and buyers can sometime offer more for the house than they had originally planned on.

5.  Ugly Ducklings….. Some houses that are still on the market in December and January may have been on the market for a long, long time. This could be for a variety of reason, including the home has been overpriced.  Or it could just be that the property doesn’t show well, it’s an ugly duckling.  Maybe it’s too crowded with personal belongings, maybe the interior paint colour is horrible, maybe the lighting is bad, or maybe the home is dirty.  All of these are easy things to fix once you own the property, and if you can look through these items, you may be able to get an ever better deal.

Now is a great time to buy. A few years ago, when Mike viewed the existing house he lives in a  between Christmas & New Years & had it pending by first week of January. He knows he saved money as they "had to sell" & there wasn't many qualified buyers looking in the cold winter. Good for Mike, the buyer &  bad for the sellers. There are many other great deals out there right now! If you are thinking about buying in the spring, why wait? Shop now & save. Contact Audrey and Mike thru our website or call Audrey direct 780-910-5179 or Mike 780-242-5229 & I'll show you some great Edmonton Real Estate deals.

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