If you're selling your home during the winter, you've got your work cut out for you. Most houses for sale are listed during the spring and summer when the weather is better. However, while it's true that spring and summer are the best times to put your home on the market, a lot can be said for selling your home during the winter. For one thing, people who were unable to find the right home during spring and summer will be more motivated in winter. Also, since fewer people think to sell their homes during the winter, the market won't be saturated. If you're still worried about selling your home during the winter, here are three steps you should follow to increase your chances of a speedy sale.
Check Schedules Before Hiring a Realtor
One problem with selling your home during the winter is that people, including realtors, tend to schedule vacations. Before you hire a realtor, make sure they'll be in town throughout the holidays. The last thing you want is to miss out on a sale because your realtor took off for a few weeks during the holidays. If your realtor is going to leave town, make sure they can arrange to have someone step in for them if the need arises.
Don't Go Overboard on the Decorations
When you're selling your home during the winter, you're also selling it during the holiday season. Go ahead and take advantage of that. People love to see homes all decked out for the holidays. Just don't go overboard. When choosing decorations, remember that you'll be getting a wide variety of people coming through your home. Try to stick to neutral decorations, instead of going for the traditional religious-centered decorations.
Keep an Eye on Your Yard
Your yard may be the best on the block the majority of the year. Unfortunately, if you're selling your home during the winter, prospective buyers aren't going to get a look at that: they'll be seeing your yard when the flowers have died and the trees are bare. This, however, shouldn't deter you from making your yard look the best it can. First, keep the leaves cleaned up. Second, bring in some fresh plants that thrive during the winter months. Finally, frame and display some pictures of your yard when it looks its best. This will allow prospective buyers the opportunity to see what their new yard will look like in the spring.