When people think about selling their home, they usually imagine putting it on the market in the spring for a summer sale. Then they can settle into someplace new before the school starts and the holidays roll around. Life has a funny way of working, though, which means that sometimes people need to sell their home in the winter. While there are some challenges to selling a home in the winter, don’t despair — there are some positives as well.
The Difficulties of Selling Your Home in the Winter
The Market Is Sluggish
We’ve all heard about the houses that sell in less than 24 hours, especially in last year’s hot market. While a quick sale is still a possibility, it’s far less likely to happen when you sell a home in the winter months. It might take a little longer to find your buyer.
House Showings Are Inconvenient
Schedules are jam packed with holiday events, and if you have kids, you have to consider their commitments, too. In addition, bad weather means that you can’t just go for a car ride and hang out in a park or a parking lot during a last-minute showing.
Homes in the Winter Are Unappealing
Icy sidewalks, bushes and lawns in hibernation, and short, dark days are not going to make your home look its best. Don’t worry, though… there are benefits!
The Benefits of Selling Your Home in the Winter
In the winter, people are too busy to attend open houses on a whim. While there may be fewer attendees, the ones who do come to look at your house are likely to be more serious about buying.
Fewer houses on the market means that it’s easier for your house to stand out from the crowd.
An Opportunity to Highlight the House’s Strengths in Winter
Have you made energy-efficient updates to your house? Well, now is their time to shine! In addition, a wintery day can be an opportunity to show other positives. Most cities require homeowners to keep their walkways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice. If your walkways and sidewalks are short, that means less time spent salting and shoveling.
More Attention from Professionals
Being less busy, your real estate agent will have more time to spend with you — and, for the most part, so will every other professional involved with the process of buying a home.
Agent Annie loves being a realtor in Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. She is an agent with Pivot Realty Group. Their motto is We Can Because We Care, but Annie has taken that one step forward to say, “I Do Because I Care!”
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