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Monthly Mod Blast: October 2015
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6 Tips for a Successful Off-Season Sale 

After a high-stakes selling season this summer, home sales in Boulder County are set to quiet down for the fall and winter. If you’re putting your home on the market, don’t see this as an obstacle; see it as an opportunity. 

Fall is a particularly good time to sell if you’re marketing to millennials, retirees, or couples with very young children—they’re less concerned about tying a purchase to the school calendar.

And in the winter, you’ll find the snow- and slush-trudging buyers much more motivated to make a purchase than those who spend a warm, sunny Saturday popping by an open house.

If you’re thinking of listing your home in the fall and winter, consider these tips for a successful sale: 

Keep the outside neat: Curb appeal is more difficult in the fall and winter, when leaf- or snow-covered lawns can look untidy. Place an added focus on leaf and snow removal, and keep walkways clear.

Clear the entryway: Boots, coats, scarves, and hats—people tend to shed their winter clothes upon entry into a home. Provide a shoe trough and a coatrack for potential buyers to store their wet, muddy belongings.

Skip the holiday décor: You never know who your potential buyer is, and you don’t want to pigeonhole your home with a holiday theme. Keep the scarecrow in the attic, and the inflatable Rudolph in the garage.

Warm it up: Be sure the thermostat is cranked before a showing to help potential buyers feel more comfortable. If you have a fireplace, light it to enhance the cozy factor even more. 

Let there be light: During the dark days of winter, it’s important to keep your home well-lit to avoid the gloom factor of dim corners and rooms. Have a showing at night? Turn on all the exterior lights, as well. 

Be flexible with showings: With fewer hours of daylight, some potential buyers want to squeeze in a daytime showing, when your home looks its best. Try your best to accommodate daytime showings with your work schedule. 

Ready to list? We know a few good agents. (Ahem. It's us.) Contact the Mod Boulder team today!

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