Why To Sell Your Home In The Winter
Although traditionally, MOST Sellers want to Market their home in the Spring or Fall – WINTER – May be the Best Time of Year !!! There are Usually, Fewer homes on the market … But – Those who are Looking – are the Really Serious Buyers; Transferees, Someone who has just sole their house, people who have to move – due to age, divorce or a great number of other reasons. These Buyers, are Motivated, and with smaller Inventory – you, as the Seller have a Stronger Position, when there is less to choose from.
Make sure your home is Easily Accessible – driveways must be plowed, walkways must be shoveled and be sure to put down salt or a salt substitute to keep patches where ice may form – melted !!! Remember – Buyers have access to cell phone Apps. and could schedule a showing at ANY MOMENT !
Keep The Heat On
There is nothing worse than walking into a cold home. This gives a Buyer a Bad First Impression – and may make them wonder – ‘Are the Heating bills here too high – so the heat is set really low on purpose?’, This will definitely affect the buyer’s feelings about your home – ESPECIALLY – if they are Moving from a Warmer Climate that does NOT get COLD in the Winter. A chilly reception ensures their first impression is not a good one.
If you have an upcoming showing, be sure the heat is on and the house is warm and cozy.
ADDITIONALLY – If You have already moved – make sure you WINTERIZE your home if it is going to be Vacant during showings – this is when you have a Plumber come and BLOW out your Pipes – just like when you turn off the Sprinkles – YOU DON”T WANT YOUR PIPES TO FREEZE AND BURST … That can end up costing you TENS of Thousands of Dollars of Repairs to not only the Pipes, but possibly the Floors, Drywall …
Show Off Your Winter Wonders
If you have a fireplace in your home, there is no better time to show it off than the Winter months. Buyers love walking into an Open House where there is a fire going. It adds to the ambiance and provides a comforting feeling, if you have a LARGE Home – Light ALL the Fireplaces – this will show off those Rooms and make each one seem Warm and Inviting.
Talk with your Seller ahead of listing the property, to make sure that they are on board to use the fireplace(s). If you haven’t serviced them in a while, get them cleaned. It is also VERY Important to make sure the Chimney has been Cleaned – IT WILL DEFINATELY BE INSPECTED!!!
Also, if you have any GREAT WINTER Photographs of your home – Display them – so the Buyer can get a Sense of the Winter Wonderland !!!
Let Buyers See Your Outside Attributes
In the warmer months, it’s not uncommon for buyers to step out on the deck, down into the yard and into the landscaping. They will want to see the outdoor space and get a feel for the lot and the land.
Although in Winter Buyers may be less likely to tour the grounds, they will still want to know what’s there. If the winter months or snow make an outdoor Assets … Invisible, be sure you put out Several Pictures; of the Gardens, Pool, Flowering Trees, Bluestone Walkways , Decks, Patios … to Ensure the Buyer can Visualize the Beautiful Features you have Added to your home !!!
If You as Buyer Are Considering Moving To A WINTER STATE – Here are Few Extra things to remind you Winter is A lot of FUN !!!
- How To Sell A Home In The Winter via Bill Gassett
- 11 Ways To Winterize Your Home In The Winter via Bob Vila
Wendy Weir Relocation – Real Estate Agent, Relocation Specialist, Birmingham, MI
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