Selling Your Home In The Winter Can Still Be A Good Time

Selling Your Home In The Winter Can Still Be A Good Time

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Most people are of the mindset that you have to wait until spring or summer to sell a home to attract families that schedule their moves around the school year.   Some home owners simply wait because the nicer weather attracts more home buyers.  Both are good reasons to sell in the spring or summer, but there are several reasons why it is still a good time to put a house on the market during the winter and there are several steps you can take to help ensure a timely sale.



First of all, most of the buyers are going to be more serious in the winter months.  There are a lot of people that just enjoy looking at homes, even if they aren’t sure when they will move.  And most of them will be out browsing around in the warmer weather.  Most buyers in the winter are buying out of necessity.  They have either had a job or a lifestyle change, or simply want to move.  And when buyers are serious, they will keep looking for a home despite the weather.  



Another good reason to sell in the winter months is that you will have less competition.  Because most home owners have bought into the idea that it is best to wait until spring or summer to sell, you will less likely be disappointed to find out that the house just down the street attracted your potential buyer.  Less competition should improve your odds of selling, and with less choices on the market, the buyer may also tend to be less frugal in their negotiations.



Selling in the winter may save you time and money.  If you need to make home repairs before the sale of your house, most contractors are more readily available in the winter months and you may even find one that will charge less during their slower time.  Even if the contractor will not negotiate on their charges, their quicker availability will mean that your house is ready to sell quicker, resulting in less mortgage payments for you.



If you are worried that your home will be lacking curb appeal during the winter months, you can put that worry aside by taking steps to make your home look inviting.  Make sure that all the outside lights are working and turned on by  dusk.  Keep your doorstep swept and free of debris blown in by the wind.  During the daytime, be sure to leave your blinds and curtains open to let in as much natural sunlight as possible.  You can place a few nice smelling candles or potpourri around the house. We tend to bake more in the cooler months, and that fresh batch of cookies or brownies will help create a nice homey feel.  Even some nice warm throws placed (neatly!) over the back of a couch or chair can help make a home look warm and inviting.  As with any time of the year, it is important to always keep your home neat, clean and clutter free.



Pricing your home to sell during the winter months is very important.  Even though there is less inventory and most buyers are more serious about purchasing a home during the winter months, they will still want a fair price.  There will also be less chance of receiving  multiple offers on a home, which means it is less likely to get an offer for more than list price.  Consulting a professional real estate agent to help you price your home right will help ensure a quicker sale.



So don’t delay.  If you have a home you want to sell, put it on the market now. 


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