In January 2012, I wrote an article of tips for buyers searching for a Poconos vacation home during the winter. Do check it out…don’t be unprepared for house-hunting in Northeast PA after the snow flies!
Winter Tips for Home Sellers:
1. HIRE SOMEONE to plow your driveway & shovel your walk (and entry) to your home. Not
only will this send buyers a positive message (i.e., you actually care about the making the house accessible to buyers) but it also helps cut down on the amount of snow tracked in to your house.
2. PROVIDE SHOE COVERS instead of asking buyers (and their agents) to remove their shoes inside your home. This is a huge nuisance, especially with winter footware, and makes it very uncomfortable if your home is not heated.
Put down throw rugs or runners to guide traffic and protect your floors. Provide a basket of inexpensive painter’s shoe covers (like these). Nothing will chase buyers out quicker than having to walk around a cold house in their stocking feet on an ice-cold floor!
3. WINTERIZE YOUR APPLIANCES. Be aware that newer refrigerators require a room temperature of approx. 55 degrees F. In order to protect your appliances, either completely winterize them (don’t forget the washer & dishwasher too) or keep the temperature set at 55 degrees.
4. SHUT OFF THE WATER. If you do not winterize your vacation home during the winter, be sure to shut off the water supply when you are away. If there is a power outage and your home has an extended period without heat, your pipes could freeze. Having the water shut off will keep damage to a minimum (nothing is more heart breaking than having thousands of gallons of water pouring into your home once the pipes thaw and the water gushes out the newly formed leaks!) Set up alerts with PPL so you can quickly be informed of power outages.