Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties Real Estate. Tips for home buyers, home sellers by Gita Bantwal,Realtor at Re/Max Centre Realtors.: Four tips for sellers who have their homes on the market in Winter.

Four tips for sellers who have their homes on the market in Winter.

If you are thinking of selling your home in Winter, here are a few tips for you.

1. Please shovel the snow from driveway,walkway and sidewalk. Some people may not come in if they are worried about slipping on your drieveway. It is also a liabilty issue for you.

2. Please keep the house warm. When people come in from the cold , the warm home may make them want to spend more time in your home. If it is too cold they may think the heater is not working.

3.If you have a Fireplace , this is a good time to show it off.

4.Please turn on all lights in the house and outside.People would like to see icy patches outside. The lights inside will create a feeling of warmth.

There are fewer homes on the market at this time of year so you have less competition.If it is priced right there is a good chance it will sell.


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Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site


She can be reached at 215-343-8200x124 or direct 215-275-8491 or via email


 Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others  in my post and comments is not to be construed to be  legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.



Comment balloon 10 commentsGita Bantwal • January 03 2009 08:10AM


Good tips.  Hope you have a great 2009!

Posted by Linda Tremblay, Associate Broker - Bucks County, PA Real Estate Services (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc, PA License #AB065488) about 10 years ago

Good points.  Thanks for the reminders!  Happy 2009 to you!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 10 years ago

Gita - Yes these are points to keep in mind.  Shoveling to provide access is very important.  If you are going to show off the fireplace make sure it is in good working condition.  When last was it cleaned?  Sadly there are too many fires this time of year.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 10 years ago

Gita, making the little changes for the wintertime can make all the difference.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Gita~ Another to think of : If it is Vacant, make sure you ( the listing agent) physically go inside regularly and check for leaks from the plumbing and check the ceilings too and monitor for problems as a courtesy to your sellers.  Prevention and catching issues early is a must!  Morethings happen to vacant homes then you could ever believe.....a good and astute agent can catch these things and save sellers lots of money in the long run....  I just may do a blog about this......

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) about 10 years ago

Good points....I recently sat an open house  and had to trudge knee-deep through the snow to get to the lockbox! So remind sellers to maintain those back door steps that are not often used in winter.

Posted by Melva Reid, Exit Realty Optimum 902-403-5420 (Exit Realty Optimum) about 10 years ago

Really good reminders Gita!  The most motivated sellers I have ever seen actually had hot chocolate and cookies waiting for us in the kitchen!  What a nice touch and it made the home smell really nice too!

Posted by Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE) about 10 years ago

Gita, That is such excellent advice.  I pass open houses at times and see people come out freezing--they can't enjoy seeing a home that way.  Maybe they could use auto timers for lights and heat...and get someone to shovel.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 10 years ago

This might be market specific, more for areas who don't see much snow, but spread Rye grass so you can have a green yard in the winter, and that's more inviting than a brown yard.

Posted by Donna Harris (RE/MAX) about 10 years ago

This is great advice for people listing their homes in the winter.  I would love to walk into a nice warm house with a welcoming fire in the fireplace if I were out looking at homes in the winter.

Posted by Rebecca Anne Cole (PNC Mortgage ) about 10 years ago