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Polar Vortex: A Home Seller’s Best Friend.

Posted on March 7, 2014 by Miller and Smith Blog Team

After the long and brutal winter we’ve had this year, you’re probably thinking, “OK, Polar Vortex. You can take your frigid temperatures, ice, snow and all around miserableness and head straight back to the North Pole.” Certainly nothing good can come out of an arctic cyclone with a circulation that is all out of whack, right? Well, if you’re looking to sell your house, you may want this visitor from the extreme North to hang around for just a bit longer.  According to Trulia, in the DC metro area, home searches increased by six percent for every ten degrees the thermometer dropped during the polar vortex. Take advantage of these last few weeks of winter and follow these tips for making your home a hot commodity this winter.

Keep it Comfortable & Cozy.

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Set the scene and tap into the things that make your home feel like home. In the winter, that means adjusting the thermostat to make it warm and welcoming. If you have a gas fireplace, turn it on for a cozy, crackling fire that appeals to many of the senses. Simple gestures, such as placing a warm throw on the couch and folding back the thick comforter on your bed can really warm things up. To really step up the cozy factor, consider the number one favorite aroma is the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies coming out of the oven. Other popular smells are apple pie or cider, freshly baked bread or cinnamon rolls.

Keep it Light & Bright.

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Winter can be dreary even in daylight, so use simple techniques to make your home appear brighter. Take advantage of natural light and encourage your home showing during daylight hours. Remember to keep the blinds and curtains open and to turn the lights on in every room, even during daylight. Pay attention to the windows and make sure they are sparkling clean.

Keep it Inviting & Engaging.

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Since winter is the prime time for entertaining, showcase those possibilities within your home. Set the table. Set out stacks of plates and cookies on cake stands in the kitchen. Of course, any good host will be sure to clear exterior pathways of snow and ice and keep entryways clean and clear of boots and other visible clutter.  

After preparing your house for selling with these simple suggestions, be sure to let the Polar Vortex inspire you to start your search for a new home with Miller & Smith. With thoughtfully designed communities and quality built homes, no matter which direction the thermometer is headed, one thing is for certain. One Visit Can Change Everything.