Well – In a word, YES.
We have had a resoundingly crummy week here in Portland and it has definitely affected the number of people that are getting out there and looking at houses. We’ve also had a very small amount of new listings hit the market in December which means there really isn’t much class A inventory to look at right now. If you have a unique or nice close-in home you’d likely be pleasantly surprised by the speed of the market for good homes right now.
So back to the issue of what you can do about the weather:
1. LIGHT: In the winter it’s dark – add as much light as possible to your home. You can paint dark rooms with brighter and warmer colors. I recently installed new lights in my kitchen and it made a HUGE difference in the feel of the room at a very low cost. If your home is vacant make sure there are lights on timers for agents bringing people by after work in the dark.
2. WARMTH: Leave the heat on! It is a very good feeling to come in out of the cold… not out of the cold into a different cold. People will not spend time or think favorably about a cold house.
3. DOORMATS: I do not like having to take off my shoes to show a house. I recommend doormats at all outside doors both inside and outside. People are generally very considerate so don’t make them wear those little blue bootie things.
A couple little changes can make a big difference and that will help you sell your home faster. Now, come on everyone with very nice houses in close-in PDX – people want to buy your home but you have to get on the market first!