Selling your home during the holidays gets a bad rap. While spring and summer are traditionally thought of as being the best times to sell your house, the holiday season actually offers some serious advantages. So don't be afraid of a little Ohio snow—here's why the colder months offer a great opportunity to sell your house this season.
- There's Less Competition
The fact that many people think of the warmer months as the best time to sell can actually work to your advantage if you plan to sell your home in winter. Fewer homes on the market means less competition for you. You won't have to compete with as many other homes to get sellers' attention, which could make it easier for you to sell your home more quickly.
- Buyers are Serious
During spring and summer, open houses tend to get flooded with visitors who are "just looking." But not in winter. Anyone who is willing to brave the cold and take the time out of their busy holiday schedule to check out your house is sure to be serious about buying. Many of them may be in a hurry to move because of a new job or relocation. When you list your house in fall or winter, you're more likely to get interest from people who are highly motivated to buy.
- Real Estate Business Slows Down
Real estate agents are very busy during the "hot" housing market of spring and summer, which means that their attention can end up being spread pretty thin. The same goes for lenders, home inspectors, appraisers and title companies. But in winter, there are fewer homes for sale and typically fewer potential buyers looking for a new home, so each individual gets the attention they deserve. That creates a great situation for buyers and sellers alike.
- Your Home Looks Great
Sure, you don't get to spruce up your landscaping and plant an inviting garden in winter, but just because the weather is colder doesn't mean curb appeal doesn't matter. The changing leaves of autumn and snowy weather of winter give you a chance to take advantage of the season and show your home at its best. As long as you keep the yard neat, shovel and de-ice the walkway, and spruce things up with some tasteful holiday decorations, you're golden. If you can warm up the interior with a crackling fire and some cozy seasonal decor, so much the better.
Don't let the date on the calendar determine whether or not you're ready to sell your home. The holidays offer a great opportunity to take advantage of one of the year's most underrated housing markets, with less competition from other sellers and a chance to show your home at its best.
Are you planning to sell your home this holiday season? No matter what part of the Mansfield, Ohio real estate area you live in, our team of local REALTORS® is ready to help you get the job done. Contact Haring Realty to sell your home in North Central Ohio.