In the home seller’s community, we often refer to winter as being the “off-season.” The reason for this is because home sales are often slower during the winter. Not because the houses themselves are bad, but simply because it’s a bit trickier to sell a home during this time.
Depending on the area you live in, it may be harder to do home renovations, get your home prepared for walk-ins, and road conditions may not be the best. However, there are still methods you can take to get a fair price on your home during the colder months.
Plan Out Pricing
The price has to be set correctly, or it may scare potential buyers away from your door. If you want to make a lasting impression, it’s best to do your research on what homes are selling for in your area. Set the price right, and you shouldn’t have any troubles finding potential buyers.
One of the best methods for setting the right price is by keeping an eye out for other similar listings. There aren’t going to be as many homes for sale during the winter months, so making sure that it’s within a reasonable range can help. Plus, you’ll be keeping an eye on the competition as well.
Keep The Heat On
A home feels the best during the holiday season when it’s nice and toasty. The last thing you want is to make the house seem cold and unwelcoming, especially around Christmas. Keeping the heat on, the furniture in place, and making the home seem more lively may attract potential buyers.
Set The Tone
Keep up with the outside of your home by shoveling away snow, setting up decorations, or at least keeping a doormat outside. These small changes completely change the mood and make the home more appealing.
Only Use A Few Seasonal Decorations
Most potential buyers are going to be serious homeowners who are planning to move in. If there are too many decorations, it may seem like the home isn’t ready for them to move their belongings into. Sticking to a few holiday decorations is best.
Use The Season To Your Advantage
Homeowners should realize that there are plenty of deals and savings for most labor rates. If your home needs fixing up, consider taking one of these deals to help make your home more appealing to potential buyers.
Maintain Your Home
Serious purchasers will be able to look past the problems of the winter months as long as the property is well maintained. The landscape, design, and style of the home may still be appealing as long as the purchaser can properly see it. Clearing off snow from the driveway, making sure that the lawn is maintained, and other factors significantly increase your chances of selling.
Include Eco-friendly Features
New purchasers tend to want a home that is more up to date. If you can’t sell them because of the weather, you can at least sell the potential client through what’s supporting the home. Solar panels, an upgraded interior, and extra features tend to make a home more attractive during the off months.