Listing your home during the winter or holiday months is a task few homeowners are willing to try. Some may believe there are fewer buyers in the market during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. However, we believe the best time to list a home is when it’s the most convenient for you, the homeowner!
Benefits Of Listing Your Home During The Holidays
There is less inventory, creating a less competitive market for the homeowner/seller.
Loan Originators and mortgage support staff’s client load is typically much lighter in the late fall and winter months. This creates more time and attention to service clients that are needing to buy through the winter months. This is wonderful news for both buyers and sellers as home loans get processed and approved faster!
Homes Are All Dressed Up
Homes look their best during the holiday season. A fireplace seems cozy and inviting, a decorated and lit tree spark fond family memories and festive pillows and holiday décor create a sense of home.
Tips For Selling In The Winter
Keep The Temperature Up
You want the viewing of your home to be a pleasant one, not a frigid one! You don’t want the potential buyer(s) to remember your house as the “igloo”.
Remove Snow & Ice
Keep your home free and clear of obstacles and safety hazards.
Show Off The Fireplace
Have a gas fireplace burning or logs placed nicely in a wood burning unit.
Schedule Showings During The Day If Possible
In the winter months we Kansans are limited on the amount of daylight we receive. It may be difficult for a buyer to see the exterior of your home after 5 o’clock in the evening. If limiting showings to the daytime hours creates a problem, turn on all exterior lights prior to the showing.
Make Your Home Festive
Embrace the season! Make sure there is a seasonal wreath on the front door and decorate your hearth room. Take the time to decorate your tree and don’t be afraid to put some presents underneath it to add to the holiday spirit. The goal is to create a warm and inviting space that the potential buyer(s) could envision as their own home.
Be So Kind As To Remove Your Shoes
Have just one tiny rule for your viewers, no shoes! You may have showings back to back with no time in between to mop up someone’s muddy foot prints!
Price it Right
Overpriced homes don’t sell in the winter just as they don’t sell in the summer. Price your home according to the market and your home will sell regardless of what month it is.
Visit us at www.weigand.com to explore and utilize the Price My Home tool. Create an account to set up Property Alerts to notify you of new inventory and Market Snap Shots to discover what the market looks like in a specific neighborhood or area you’re selling or searching in!
Marketing Material to Knock Your Socks Off
December could be a difficult time to showcase that fabulous back yard landscaping or the pool you put in two summers ago. Provide your listing agent with various photos of your property from the warmer months of the year.
Considering selling your home? Contact a J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.agent to provide a free home valuation. Once an agent has toured your home, they will also be able to provide you with a more customized list of what may need to be completed before your home is list ready! For more information about listing your home call 316-292-3991 or visit Weigand.com.