Dashing Through the Snow
It's been a great week for Pocono real estate! I showed homes when it was 16 degrees outside, took a break the next day because of road conditions , then was out with the same couple the following day when we had a little warm spell - 25 degrees. Today I will be out with a different couple; it is 18 degrees outside.
A lesson to be learned here, my friends. Serious buyers are out looking at homes NOW. We missed seeing some great homes because the driveways weren't plowed, or the driveway was plowed but the walkway wasn't shoveled and the buyers did not want to trudge through snow and ice. Other homes had very brief showings because the home was unheated and the buyers were freezing and wanted to get back to the warmth of the car.
If you are serious about selling your home, you must plow your drive, shovel your walkway, clean off the deck and any steps leading into your home and keep some heat on. The thermostat doesn't have to be set high; most of the vacant heated homes we visited had the heat set at 50 - and it felt warm inside. One home we visited this week was done halfway - it was plowed and shoveled, but the deck wasn't cleared off and I couldn't open the storm door because of the snow and ice build up (despite how much I kicked at it - the snow and ice, not the door!) The buyers didn't get to see that house either.
So let's plow through this winter and get your house sold!