Despite the housing market slump during the winter months, The Associated Press compiled a list of tips for homeowners who are keeping their homes on the market.
The AP advises to take care of the basics - including any needed maintenance and repairs. The saying, "don't judge a book by its cover" doesn't apply to buyers, so be sure that the exterior appearance has curb appeal. Also, be sure that sidewalks and driveways are free of ice and snow, for both safety reasons and appearance.
Inside, make sure the home is free of clutter and any excessive decorations. Small gestures like rearranging furniture or touching up paint where needed add the little extra touch so that buyers see the full potential of the home. According to the AP, a staged home that offers a warm and cozy feel will be most appealing for homebuyers.
When decorating for the holidays, the AP suggests being modest. The season definitely offers the opportunity of making a home stand out but too much could scare away potential buyers, so decorating with elegance is best. The holidays may end at Christmas, but winter continues, meaning seasonal decor during January and February is still appropriate.