As much as some would like to avoid it, winter is right around the corner. If you live in an area where cold and snow are issues you will face a unique set of challenges listing in the winter months. There are many buyers looking to get into a house before the start of the New Year but you have to make your home stand out in the winter. Fortunately there are many things you can do with your property to offset the dreariness of winter and give your home maximum appeal. No buyer likes walking into a cold house. Even if your property is vacant you need to keep the heat on while your house in on the market. The rest of the house can be perfect but if prospective buyers are uncomfortable they will have a negative impression of the property. It is also important to make the house feel warm aside from the heat. Winter can often feel dark and tired so increasing the wattage of the light bulbs in rooms by the front door will give an immediate sense of warmth. Much like curb appeal is critical in the summer you can’t forget about it in the winter. This can mean something as simple as making sure any walkways and the driveway are cleared of snow or ice. This means staying on top of every storm, big or small, as it comes. If you neglect shoveling after one storm and it turns to ice you can make a small problem much worse. If this is the only point of entrance into the property without walking through snow you may hurt your chances before the front door is even opened. It is also important that all of the mechanicals are in working order and maintained. This means getting a seasonal checkup on the furnace, oil tank, hot water heater and even the chimney. If you haven’t used the fireplace since last year you should sweep out any old ashes and clean and vacuum the bottom. These are all items that buyers will look for and use during the winter. If you have new or updated items in the house that will conserve energy or save on the heating bill you need to point these out. New insulation, windows or electric heating systems can all equal real savings and unless you highlight them your buyers may not be aware of them. There is no need to wait until after the holidays to put your home on the market. You can get a jump on other sellers in your area by putting your property on the market now before everyone else. This only works if you embrace the season you are in and make your house feel like a home. Snow, wind, rain and cold could be problems for sellers but only if you let them. By staying on top of any storms and making your home feel warm figuratively and literally you will greatly increase your chances of finding a buyer as quickly as possible.