WNY Winter Home Staging

winter snowLiving in Western New York, winter is a reality here.   It also makes the life of a Real Estate Agent that is showing property in the middle of winter, well let’s just say interesting.   Taking clients out in winter we not only have winter driving to contend with, but homes that are not ready for a buyer to see.    This is not just a presentation issue it is a safety issue as well!

Not every Realtor carries a shovel and salt in their cars to clear the way for their clients to see a home.   I will draw the line at knee deep snow.    I have had clients that get to the house and see that is not shoveled and they say never mind.

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It is understandable if someone makes an appointment for a showing for 9am the morning after a heavy snow fall that there may be snow on the driveway, walks and steps of the Western New York home.   A week later it is just bad business.

If your home is for sale there are a few obvious things that you must do:

  • Make sure that the driveway is clear of snow and ice
  • Walkways should be clear of snow and ice
  • Steps should be clear of snow
  • Have a deck or patio area outside?   Make sure it is clear of snow as well so buyers can appreciate it.
  • Have something special in the backyard?  A shed perhaps?  Have a path shoveled so potential buyers can see it

Additional things that you should keep an eye out for include:

  • Once through the entry a place for people to take their boots off so they can get into the door and close it quickly.   If the floor is wet, there is a chance that someone can fall and get hurt.
  • It gets dark early, make sure outdoor lights are on
  • Speaking of darkness, make sure you have the highest wattage light bulbs in each light fixture.   Winters can be dark and uninviting, so any opportunity to brighten a room do so!
  • Make sure that mirrors and glass surfaces sparkle
  • Shovel the sidewalk — it shows that you care about your community
  • A bag salt for an agent by the door to sprinkle on the walkway if they see it is icy
  • Dig your Realtor’s sign out so it can be easily seen.   Many times we see just the top of a sign because a snow blower has blown snow on top of the sign.
  • Have a fireplace?   Have maintenance records available — perhaps the last time it had been serviced?
  • Same with the heating system, maintenance is an issue for buyers, seeing a record of good maintenance is helpful

If you are not up to the challenge of getting your home presentable, hire someone to guarantee that your home will be clear of snow by a certain time each day.

For more information call Colleen Kulikowski

(716) 650-0051

 

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About Colleen Kulikowski, Associate Real Estate Broker (716) 650-0051

Colleen Kulikowski is an Associate Real Estate Broker with the Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty Buffalo Northtowns specializing in Western New York residential homes who doesn’t follow trends; she blazes new trails and is able to recognize industry trends and implement them to her client’s best interest. Colleen has created a unique following with one of the top local internet positions in the country generating thousands of leads for her team. Real Estate is a second career for Kulikowski who’s first career was in Information Technology and Data Warehousing working for such companies as Radio City Music Hall, Nabisco Foods and as a consultant in the Financial and Insurance industries. A strong background in technology and management provides her with keen analytical and sharp negotiating skills.

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