So you are thinking would the Fall and Winter times really be a good time to but our home on the market?
The answer is yes, people do move all year round. We often think Spring is more popular than other times of the year, but there are active Buyers out there all the time and some are just waiting for that special home to go on the market.
Often Buyers have more time at this time of year as there are less activities during the winter months, which makes it a more convenient time to research property listings to find their next home to buy.
Did you know that most corporate moves and transfers take place during the month of January. Many of these transfers include a house purchase as well. Often these purchasers scout a new home out in the last part of the year, around the holidays.
There are many advantages to this time of the year:
-There is less competition, as some Sellers have taken their homes off the market and are waiting for Spring, when
there is lots of inventory for you to compete with
-The Buyers at this time of the are often more serious
-Homes shows well as home owners get the home ready for holiday season and more attention to details is spent inside the home.
-Clean up fallen leaves and debris and keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice
-Place a floor mat inside the front door for wet shoes
-If putting up seasonal decorations just don't do National Lampoons Christmas Vacation home with 10,000 lights.
Turn on all the fireplaces, the flickering flames and warmth from a fire provide a romantic atmosphere that is a wonderful incentive for a prospective buyer to purchase your home. Light scented candles through some of the rooms. Now there are battery operated ones that do the trick.
Turn up your furnace before the prospective buyer arrives to view your home. If your kitchen seems to cooler than the rest of the house, turn your oven on for about an hour before the buyer is due to arrive. The oven will provide extra warmth in your kitchen.
Sometimes the yard doesn't look its best at this time of year, so if you have some photos of the Spring and Summer garden, have them handy for the prospective purchaser to see. Even pictures with the sundeck setup with patio furniture and potted plants.
Selling a home in the fall and winter has many advantages and the key is to highlight what makes your house a home during this time of the year when everyone is settling in for the winter.