Are you wondering whether you should list your home now or wait for a particular time of the year?
It’s often argued that some periods are better than others for real estate sales – Spring and Fall usually come to mind. But the truth is that it’s very much possible to put your home on the market and close successfully at any time of the year. Provided, of course, that you take the necessary steps to make sure it looks its best.
If you’re thinking of listing your home at a time that isn’t traditionally considered great for real estate sales, this article is for you. Here’s how you can sell your home successfully at any time of the year.
Selling Your Home In Winter
Winter is traditionally considered a bad time to put your home on the market. The days are short, which means less time for viewings. And the thought of leaving a comfy couch and braving the cold isn’t particularly appealing to anyone. Right?
But not all is lost.
Add throws and rugs to the main areas of the home; and turn the heat up to make it suitably warm in time for viewings. Your home will feel cozy, inviting and, consequently, more appealing to prospective buyers.
And that’s not all. Winter is all about the holiday season. And, as a seller, you should embrace this.
If you’re showing your home over the Christmas holidays, decorating can give you that extra edge. There’s just something about a bright Christmas tree and stockings filled with presents that draws people in and makes them picture doing the same with their families.
Selling Your Home In Spring
Spring is often considered the best time of the year to put your home up for sale. The days are getting longer; and there’s just something in the air that infuses people with positive energy, which makes them likelier to fall in love with your home.
The downside, of course, is that other sellers will probably have your same idea, making for stiffer competition than normal even in a seller’s market.
Here’s what you can do to make your home stand out:
Winter weather can be tough on your home.
Most prospective buyers will be looking for the best bang for their buck, so they’re likely to pick on anything that could bring down your asking. Nip this in the bud by going over your house and making any necessary repairs ahead of time.
Clutter can be very off-putting to prospective buyers. Not only is it an eyesore, it also makes it harder for people to picture themselves living in your home.
Winter is prime time for accumulating clutter, because you probably spend a lot of time indoors. Make sure you go through your house and give it a good – ahem – spring cleaning before you book in any viewings.
Make your home look bright and airy
Spring days are longer; and the sun makes your home look that much brighter.
Take full advantage of this by removing heavy drapes and replacing them with lighter window furnishings. Also put away heavy throws and winter rugs; and try to keep your decor as neutral as possible. This will further enhance the sense of air and space in your home, making it a lot more appealing.
Selling Your Home In Summer
While summer comes with long days, it’s also really hot and stuffy. What’s more, many people go on vacation, which puts any thoughts of buying a new home on the back burner.
The flipside is that prospective buyers who view in summer have that extra motivation to make a purchase. If you’re strategic, it’s very much possible to put your best foot forward and make your home look appealing despite the heat.
First off, lower the temperature to make your home feel cool. You should also consider serving some refreshments. An ice-cold glass of iced tea or lemonade is sure to go down well and adds a personal touch that won’t go unnoticed.
Finally, evoke images of lazy barbecues with friends and family by making your backyard look lively. Add areas of shade, clean up your landscaping and set up some outdoor furniture for maximum impact. Staging isn’t just for the indoors!
Selling Your Home In The Fall
Like spring, fall is often considered a great time to sell. The days are still relatively long, but the weather is cooler, which makes the prospect of house hunting more appealing. Again, this means you might be facing more competition than usual, which is why you need to make sure your home looks its best.
First things first, while the fall foliage can add pizzazz to your curb appeal, make sure you stay on top of it. Rake your lawn every so often so the leaves won’t take over or – worse – clog your gutters and cause problems down the line.
You can also tap into prospective buyers’ emotions and make your home more appealing by baking a few treats. Everyone loves a pumpkin spice latte or cookie, so this will make you more memorable. What’s more, baking smells like home, which makes it easier for prospective buyers to picture themselves living in your house.
Finish off by embracing the holiday spirit. Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations tap into prospective buyers’ family spirit and enhance their impression of your property as a welcoming space they could turn into a home.
Winter, spring, summer or fall? It doesn’t really matter. We can help you sell your home at any time of the year. Get in touch with us today.
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