Should You Sell Your Home in Winter Months?
Have you decided to sell your home in the new year? It can seem like a daunting task to get your house ready for the market, but it doesn't have to be. Some might think that it doesn't make sense to list your home in winter, but we disagree.
Winter is actually a great time to sell your home. There is typically less inventory on the market, so there's less competition. Plus, buyers during this time of year are usually more serious and need to make a move.
No matter when you choose to sell your home, it's important that you work with a trusted real estate advisor who can be your guide through the process. Give us a call today! And in the meantime, here are a few tips for getting your home ready to sell:
Get Rid Of Clutter-
Buyers want to imagine living in a potential new home, and clutter can make that impossible. Get as much out of your house as possible. If you need to rent a storage pod, that’s okay. If it’s not nailed down, get it out of the way. Items such as knick-knacks, personal pictures, and bulky furniture need to be put into storage while the house is on the market.
If you aren't sure what should stay and what should go, your Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace real estate professional can give you some input about specific questions you might have.
The exterior of your home will be potential buyer’s first impression, so making sure it is in excellent condition should be a top priority.
If the weather permits, mow the lawn, trim back hedges, and weed any flower beds to create a visually appealing landscape. In the winter, this means making sure everything is generally neat and tidy. Clear away any dead shrubs or flowers. Remove any remaining leaves left over from fall. Fill outside pots with greenery that will thrive during colder weather.
Pressure wash the exterior of your home and touch up the paint if needed. Hang a wreath on the front door that matches your home's style.
Buyers want homes in good condition, so take time to make repairs. Make sure windows seal properly, the roof doesn’t leak, and the heating and cooling unit is in working order.
Fix any holes in the walls and verify all the plumbing works. These are issues that can make or break a deal so fixing these problems now will pay off later.
Clean It Up-
Do a thorough cleaning. Wipe down all surfaces in every room and make sure your home is spotless. If time is an issue, consider hiring someone to really deep clean your home so it is absolutely immaculate and ready for showings.
Apply a fresh, neutral coat of paint to the walls for a clean look and to appeal to a variety of buyers. Have the carpets or floors professionally cleaned.
Make It Cozy-
Make your potential buyers feel welcome. Little details like a new welcome mat and cut flowers on the table make your home feel vibrant and inviting. On the day of a showing, bake some cookies. Your home will smell heavenly.
Keep these tips in mind when it’s time to sell your home. We're always here to help you achieve your real estate goals.