Selling your home in the winter
Sometimes, life happens. Maybe you’ve got a new job across state or decide you're retiring early so you need to downsize. Whatever the case may be, you need to sell your property during the winter when the real estate market slows down. Generally, this means decreased inventory and competition from both buyers and other sellers.
So, if you’re tasked with selling a home during the “off” season, you may be asking yourself how you’re going to do it. Here's a few tips from the pros.
Don’t slow down for the holidays
While you may have heard other real estate agents say that it’s a good idea to pause your sale during the holidays, we actually don’t recommend it. If a buyer really needs to find their new home as soon as possible, they won’t likely be deterred by the holidays. And who knows, if it's a vacation home or cabin it may just be the perfect one for the out of town guest spending the holidays in your town.
Stage & clean, clean, clean
Home staging is crucial. A clean home is critical. You should make sure your home is inviting and warm, but not too overwhelming with personal decor or large furniture. Think of when you've been to see model homes. Are those more appealing than a home with loads of personal items, photos or clutter? Generally, the best way to stage your home is by following these steps: Unclutter & clean, clean, clean. Box up everything you don't need to for everyday use and pare down to a few strategically placed pieces of furniture in good condition. This way, your home will feel larger, cleaner and they’ll feel at home the minute they walk through your front door.
Looking to Sell Your Home This Winter?
We should talk. We would love to guide you through the home-selling process and get your home sold as soon as possible. Be sure to consult with a experienced real estate agent to accurately price your home and help you navigate the complicated legal process of selling a home. You wouldn't want to leave any money on the table!
Jenny Hilton, Broker
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