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Winter months can snow, freezing temps, and new challenges to your open houses. The colder months present a variety of risks for agents and house hunters alike, from icy conditions to inches of snow. Here are five tips to help you ensure you make it through your winter open houses without a hitch.

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  1. Prep the outdoors: Make sure the walkways stay shoveled and salted so you don’t have to worry about potential buyers slipping and falling, as an accident could potentially open you up to a litigation nightmare. Beyond that, having a clear walkway is a lot more welcoming than one that forces guests to trudge through snow.
  1. Stage for the season: Keep the home staged as you would for any open house, but perhaps add some items to make the home feel cozier, such as throw blankets, rugs and candles. Also, be sure you have somewhere to store potential buyers’ winter coats and boots. Perhaps add a nice coat rack and welcome mat to the entryway.

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  1. Offer refreshments: Having coffee and tea on hand can be a warm welcome for guests. Also, they offer potential buyers a reason to stay a little longer, giving you the opportunity to talk with them about the home and even increase your opportunities to pick up a new client or two.
  1. Keep them warm: Ensure the home is adequately heated, especially considering the door will be constantly opening and closing. You don’t want potential home buyers to think the home is draughty or poorly insulated. If there’s a fireplace in the home, consider lighting it to add warmth and create an even cozier atmosphere.
  1. Eliminate speculation: Remove any space heaters or draft protectors that may insinuate there’s a heating problem. Also, be sure the basement is dry so potential buyers won’t be left wondering about leaks in the foundation.

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