The spring and summer months have long been thought of as the best times of year to sell a home. However, homeowners who choose to sell in the cooler winter months have some advantages of their own. Around the holiday season, there are less homes on the market, so there is also less competition. Plus, families who are buying in the winter are more likely to be serious buyers who need to quickly purchase a house. In fact, this time of year is the most popular time for job relocations.
Are you planning to sell your home this holiday season? Here are some tips for making the sell go smoothly:
Stage Your Home with Elegant Indoor Decorations
While less is often more, the holiday season gives you the ability to decorate your home in a way that feels cozy and inviting to potential buyers. Favorites like a crackling fireplace, twinkling Christmas tree, or freshly baked holiday treats are all unique to the winter months. Just be sure to carefully choose your decorations. You want the buyer to be able to imagine spending the next holiday season in your beautifully decorated house. Think of a gorgeous living room set-up in a home decor store, for example.
Boost Your Curb Appeal with Seasonal Touches
As with the indoor decorations, simple, but beautiful, is the plan here. While giant character inflatables or excessive amounts of Christmas lights are certainly fun, the best way to boost your curb appeal during the holiday months is with only a few seasonal favorites. A pot of poinsettias on the porch, a seasonal wreath on the door, a decorative outdoor mat, and classic, clear lights are all wonderful ways to show off your home without making too bold of a statement for buyers.
Weather factors are also important to consider in the winter months. Ice and snow should be removed from the main walkways and driveway, and any leaves should be promptly raked. A well-cared for lawn and exterior, even on snow days, can make a huge difference for buyers.
Know Your Price Before Listing
Your Realtor will guide you toward the best price for your market during the winter months. A fair and consistent price from the get-go is the best way to ensure that buyers will view your home as a high-quality option. If you price too high, and then have to lower the numbers, buyers who are scouting out homes online might wonder why the price was forced to drop.
Hire a Professional Photographer
In an age of smartphones, it might seem unnecessary to hire a photographer to take your listing photos. The truth is that most buyers first learn about a home while browsing online. Professional listing photos play an incredible role in generating interest in your property. Professional home photographers know the techniques, from lighting to staging, that are needed to sell your home as quickly and effectively as possible.