Not sure if you should list now or wait until spring? Consider this:
Updated: Dec 4, 2020
Listing during the winter months could actually give you a leg up in terms of competition.
Spring is typically the most popular season to sell a home, and that can make for a heavily saturated housing market, as well as more competition for buyer's attention.
Listing in the winter could really work to your advantage, as there is less inventory and therefore less housing competition, which can really make your home stand out and shine.
Sometimes more inventory can mean more curious buyers, rather than more committed buyers. And this time of year, buyers may be more motivated and serious about purchasing a home, because they don't want to wait until Spring when competition is stronger, and their risk of losing out on a home might be greater.
This could also reduce the number of people through your open house, if you choose to have one, which during these uncertain times may not necessarily be a bad thing. 10 serious buyers through an open house, rather than 20 curious people, could work in your favour.
Listing in winter can also show how your home is designed to handle the harsh weather, and provide a unique opportunity to create a warm, cozy and inviting environment that you can't present during the spring and summer months. Features like fireplaces and hot tubs can really stand out and add to the appeal of your home this time of year.
Here are some ideas to help stage your home during the holidays:
Put your best foot forward- Hang an oversized wreath on your door, replace worn doormats with a fun and festive one and put a boot tray inside the door for soggy footwear.
Curb appeal is key- Ensure your driveway and pathways are shovelled. Check exterior lighting to make sure it's in working order. It can really help to illuminate your home on grey, dreary days.
Deck the halls, but don't go overboard- Put up some festive decor, but reel in the Griswold. Light up your tree, and choose music that doesn't overwhelm buyers.
Common Scents- Mix up some hot chocolate in the Instant Pot, or bake some fresh cookies to make your home to give your home a warm, inviting scent. A quicker solution might be a diffuser- try bergamot, cinnamon, nutmeg, pine and peppermint.
Clear out the clutter- You want to make your house appear as clean and spacious as possible, so take the time to clear out extra papers, organize books or toys, and pack away items that you don't use on a daily basis.