3 Benefits of Selling in Winter
You’ve got the boxes all packed up, the kids are waiting in the truck, and you’re taking one last look at your empty old house. In this scenario you probably imagine yourself in shorts and sandals, but there are plenty of upsides to moving in the winter.
Moving into a new house is always going to be a complicated process. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the season to get your house sold quickly and for the price you want. Consider these three advantages of moving in the winter months.
1. Closing dates are easier to schedule.
Since summer is the traditional time to close on a new house, real estate agents are much busier during that season. But in winter, you have much more flexibility to pick the closing date that best matches your schedule.
That means you won’t have to wait around an extra week or more to close. You can call the moving company, pack up your stuff and go whenever works best for you.
2. Fewer homes are on the market.
Fewer people selling their home during the winter means your home automatically becomes more valuable to potential buyers. Since your home has less competition, a higher percentage of buyers will tour your home. Not only does that put your home in front of more eyes, it means you can keep your asking price higher than you would in the summer.
3. Staging your home is much easier.
In the summer, your weekends would be spent mowing the lawn, pulling weeds and trimming the hedges to keep your house looking nice for the buyers. But in the winter, Mother Nature takes all that work off your plate.
You may have to shovel snow once or twice, but that’s minor compared to the weekly upkeep of a summer home. Not to mention you can stage your home cozily with a fire and throw blankets to help your buyers feel right at home.
If you’ve been waiting until summer to list your home, you may want to reconsider. It’s not uncommon for houses to sell for a higher price and with closing dates that match your time table more closely.
Call Franklin Realtors today at 417-818-1237 to find out how we can get your home on the market and sold this winter.