With the holiday season winding down, a lot of us a ready to hunker down for the rest of the winter season. The cold, the rain, and maybe even the snow. But for some, the darkest of seasons can be the best time to sell – or buy – a home.
Buying a Home in Winter
Spring or summer are – both figuratively and literally – the hot seasons to buy a home. There’s more inventory and more hours of daylight to hunt for houses. But looking for a home in the winter does have it’s advantages as well.
If a home has been put on the market during this time, the sellers may be in a hurry to find a buyer. This can help when it comes to the price of the home and chances are you’ll be able to visit the home at almost any time. Ask your realtor about homes that might be ready to come on the market – you might be able to get a home that was preparing for a spring release a few months early.
Since the weather might be a little sloppy, a buyer will be aware of where wet coats or muddy shoes go when coming into a home. Buyers can also see how warm the home is, are there any drafts near windows or doors or even how well the home is lit both indoors and out. These are issues that a buyer may not get a feel for during the warmer months.
Selling a Home in Winter
For starters, there won’t be as much competition for buyers during the season. This means you’ll get more attention from your realtor, as will the buyer. There are many reasons for selling your home during this time of year and an equal amount of reasons for the buyer.
This is also a good time to do a little inspection of your home. Is the heating system in good working order? Would weather-stripping the windows make a difference? Showing a nice warm home in the winter can really put a seller in the right frame of mind when they first enter the home.
This is also a good time to set the price of the home. Without as much available inventory, you have some leeway when it comes to pricing the home. This doesn’t mean you look for top dollar, but it also means you don’t have to drop the price to be more competitive.
After the holidays have passed by, and the rest of the dreary winter ahead, your resolve to move may be growing in strength. Don’t let the clouds, rain and cold dampen your spirits. You may find the winter months a perfect time to find that new house – and find the perfect buyer for your current home.
Contact Rowena Lusby for more information on how to get the process started. With over 30 years of sales, marketing, and negotiating experience, trust you’ll be in good hands when you “Go With Ro.”