You’ve got plans to sell your home but as you approach the end of the year, waiting until Spring seems like torture. The house is already prepped, and you’re eyeing a new house you’d like to buy. So why wait?
You don’t have to. Spring may be the strongest home-selling season, but that doesn’t mean selling your home at any other time of year is impossible, even in the chilly winter months.
As a seller, you can benefit from selling your home during winter rather than having to wait until spring. We recommend putting your home on the market before the end of the year.
If you’re going to want to sell it in the spring, it’s a good idea to put it on the market in November and December, you don’t want to miss out on the right buyer who’s already looking.
The holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve can be tricky for just about any industry other than retail, but even when time constraints mean selling as soon as possible is necessary, there’s no such thing as an impossible time of year to sell.
New Year’s resolutions help many homebuyers get into the house-hunting groove after the first of the year. If you like the idea of marketing your home at the start of 2019, reach out to real estate agents now to be sure you’re making all the right preparations to draw winter homebuyers to your property. That includes maintaining curb appeal to ensure you won’t discover any maintenance disasters during snowfall, such as a leak in the roof or frozen plumbing that causes pipes to burst.
There is some seasonality to real estate, of course – many buyers who don’t feel the urgency may put off house hunting until after the holidays. That's why it’s important to price your home realistically. The winter months aren’t the time to test the market and see how high of an offer you can get, but rather to price it correctly and attract the right buyer looking for a home like yours.
Spring is just a few months away. If you can’t find a buyer during the winter months, spring is bound to bring plenty of eager homebuyers to the market. As long as you make sure the house stays staged for buyers and looks fresh as the weather warms up, people who haven’t seen your listing yet will want to view all their options.
Here are a few benefits to selling in the Winter months:
1- Relocation happens all year, and January is the biggest month for relocations. Is it because companies have new budgets and business plans? No matter the reason, the relocating Buyer is motivated and can make a quick decision.
2- If you’ve got a fireplace and cozy living room or a boring backyard your house might actually look better in the winter. Furry blankets on the coach and softly scented candles might just create the ideal atmosphere for Buyers.
3- New Year, New You. Many of us look at the arrival of January as a time of new beginnings. So in between visits to the gym and eating healthy food, a new home purchase might be just the thing to ring in a New Year. And if you’ve been meaning to downsize or move to a different neighbourhood, this might be your opportunity for a new beginning too!
4- Curb appeal matters, and turning on twinkly lights is so much easier than weeding your garden every day! Of course you’ll need to shovel and use generous amounts of snow melter, but isn’t that better than mowing the lawn everyday?
If you’re thinking about selling and want to find out what your home is worth or want to discuss the pros and cons of listing your home in the winter, get in touch. It’s never too early to start planning for your sale!