If you need to sell your home over the holidays, take heart.
The adage that no one buys a home during this time of year isn’t true. Many homebuyers keep charging ahead – even when the weather outside is frightful.
Realty Times lists four strong reasons why you have a better chance of starting next year with a “sold” sign on your front lawn if you market now, rather than waiting until right after the first of the year:
1. Buyers relocating to start a new job are anxious to get settled before the year begins. This is especially true for families with children in school.
2. People searching for a home during the holidays are often more motivated to buy. They also may be less deterred by home features that do not suit them perfectly.
3. Many home stagers say homes are most welcoming when decorated for the holidays. Homes simply show better when the warm indoor appearance contrasts to the cold winter chill. Buyers are drawn to the family feel.
4. Competition is down. Fewer homes are listed during the holidays, so sellers have less competition from comparable homes on the market. After the holidays, the number of listings will likely increase.
Homecare tips to ease winter showings
Inclement weather and busy holiday schedules can make winter showings stressful. Follow these easy tips to make showings easy on you and your family:
Prepare to clear winter storms. Gather snow shovels, ice melt or sand, and ice scrapers. Store these handy tools for easy and quick access for last minute showings. Consider getting a roof rake to prevent snow from falling on potential buyers.
Remove ice and snow from pathways. Whether you do this yourself or hire a service or the ambitious teen next door, it’s important to remove snow and ice from walks and driveways promptly after a storm. It gives your home an instant “well-tended” appearance and adds to the cozy winter charm.
Even though the holidays are here, sellers can move ahead. Don't hold back -- selling your home now is the perfect way to ring in the new year.
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