A common thought in real estate is never list your home in the off-season; to wait until the spring peak to list your homes. However, studies show that homes listed in the off-season not only sell faster than those in the spring, but sellers also net more above their asking price at this time. If you’ve been thinking of selling your home, there are compelling reasons to list now.
Take advantage of low inventory. According to the National Association of Realtors, 55 percent of all buyers purchased their home at the time they did because “it was just the right time.” Since most sellers are waiting until spring to list, local inventory falls during the off-season. However, there are still motivated buyers who are ready to move now and don’t want to wait that long to purchase a home.
Other benefits of selling during fall or winter include easier to maintain curb appeal; potential buyers receiving year-end bonuses that allow them to reach their down payment goals; and companies often hire new employees and relocate current ones during the first quarter of the year, creating a strong demand for housing
Here are a few things you can do to make sure your home is ready to put its best foot forward and capture market attention.
Schedule maintenance. Buyers want a home they can move into right away; they don’t want to repair the roof or the furnace or replace windows with blown thermal seals before they move in. Do the scheduled maintenance and make repairs before you list your home for sale.
Create light. Balance out the lack of natural light outdoors by turning the lights on inside. Since people naturally tend to buy emotionally, turning on the lights helps create a sense of warmth and coziness. Light a fire in the fireplace, if you have one, fill your home with the scents of the season, such as vanilla or fresh baked cookies, and put a throw blanket on your sofa.
If you plan to paint the interior of your home before you list, consider an off-white or bright grey shade to create consistency throughout your home and make the space feel larger and brighter. If you have photos of your garden or the home’s exterior in the spring or summer, display them so interested buyers can get a glimpse of what the home looks like in other seasons..
Give your home a thorough cleaning. Cleaning puts your home in its best light. Clean and polish all the horizontal surfaces of your home, including countertops, window sills and baseboards; have the curtains dry cleaned or otherwise laundered; wash windows, glass doors and their tracks; vacuum carpeting and polish all wood surfaces, including the floor.
If you’re thinking of selling, give us a call! We’d love to help you position your home to sell in our market. If you’d like to read more about this topic, text FREE.WINTER to 77948 to receive a link to download the full blog post and a FREE GUIDE TO WINTERIZING YOUR HOME.
Author:Shana O'Brien Phone: 360-904-8497 Dated: October 14th 2018 Views: 13 About Shana: Shana is not only a real estate expert, but also an accredited home stager, author, educator and coa...
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Shana is not only a real estate expert, but also an accredited home stager, author, educator and coach. She works with her clients to make the best possible real estate decisions, whether they are buying, selling, purchasing an investment property, or considering a major remodel. Her goal is to ensure that her clients love where they live. She provides concierge listing services designed to sell your home for the most money in the least time.
Originally from New Orleans, both of Shana's parents were real estate brokers and owned their own brokerage and appraisal firm. She has experience in many facets of the real estate industry, including managing a REIT; working with lease-to-own programs; teaching classes for first-time home buyers and investors; renovation design; rehabbing vintage homes; residential and commercial staging; and managing the rental homes she and her husband have owned through the years. Shana has lived in Vancouver WA since 1997 and loves living in the Pacific Northwest. She is licensed in both Washington and Oregon and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for this beautiful area with her relocating clients.
When she's not busy working as managing broker for the O'Brien Home Team at Realty ONE Group, she enjoys finding vintage treasures for the mid-century home she shares with her husband and their French bulldogs.