How can a house look good enough to attract buyers even in the middle of a Michigan winter? I am happy to report that with a few simple steps, this is possible. Make sure there is a clear path through any snow; salt your walkway and drive, even if flakes are still falling. Have a rubber mat by the front door for sludgy shoes and a rack for wet umbrellas. Once they enter the house, imagine them scanning it and prepare accordingly. Window treatments should be opened and every light in the house, including accent and closet lights, should be switched on. As a rule of thumb, don’t forget to increase the brightness of your bulbs when selling! If you have a fireplace, light it up, open the damper, place a screen and don’t leave it unattended for too long. If you don’t have a fireplace, make sure you turn the heat up a few degrees. Playing jazz or classical music will go a long way to create that ambience. All these little steps are to ensure that the buyers feel welcome and not rushed to make a decision about their future home. As always, please feel free to contact me for further information on selling your house in this season.