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3 Things You Need To Know If You’re Selling Your House In The Off-Season

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3 Things You Need To Know If You’re Selling Your House In The Off-Season

Generally speaking, the best time to sell your house is in spring. This is when most people are buying, while fewer people opt to go through the stress of buying a house around the holidays. However, this is not a hard and fast rule, and it is perfectly possible to sell a house in the off-season – in fact, in some cases, it may be easier. All you need is some research and good advice.

There Are Definite Benefits 

It’s easy to feel like there is no point listing a house in the winter, but there are actually many reasons why it could be a good idea. For one, there will be less competition for the buyers that are looking for a home, which include people relocating in the first quarter of the year.

Also, your house will not necessarily sell for a lower price in the off-season. Informing yourself on housing trends in your area is a great way to help determine what prices look like.

Curb Appeal Is Still Important

 One of the benefits of selling a home in the winter is that curb appeal can be less demanding. No one expects you to have a lush front yard full of colorful flowers or a picture-perfect green lawn. However, that doesn’t mean you get to neglect curb appeal entirely.

You should still make an effort to give your home the best possible first impression, which includes clearing out snow, grit, and leaves. You can also bring color and personality into the front yard through other methods, like seasonal decorations or bright plant pots. Lowe’s has some great suggestions for boosting fall curb appeal, while this guide details how to make your house feel warm and inviting in the middle of winter.

Staging Can Make The Whole Difference

 Staging is an important part of any home sale, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. A few affordable techniques can be particularly useful during winter.

You can stage your house so that, when buyers step inside from the cold, they are greeted with a place that feels comforting and warm. Take inspiration from winter decorating tips from home decor magazines and websites to get the tone right, and try out some cozy winter lighting options.

However, cozy doesn’t mean crowded. Buyers like open, neutral spaces with minimal clutter, no matter what the season. Take time to declutter your space, leaving only a few simple touches to make the place feel bright and comfy. Don’t know what to do with all the stuff? Placing what you don’t need in a storage space is an easy and relatively cheap option: 5×10 self-storage units in nearby Tamworth, New Hampshire, can be rented for as low as $35 a month.

Selling in the off-season should not be a turn-of. Whenever you choose to sell your home, there will be buyers interested in what you have to offer. The decision of when to put your home on the market should be based on what is best for you and your family, and if that’s in the fall or winter, just go with it.

You will have less competition, a more dedicated realtor, and the opportunity to stand out with some beautiful seasonal landscaping and staging. As long as you stay well-informed of your local market and commit to making your home look as good as it can, you will be finalizing a sale in no time.

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Roy Sanborn

As a REALTOR® since 2000, I know what it takes to ensure a smooth real estate transaction; hard work, dedication and loyalty to my clients, knowledge, and effective communication. It is this philosophy that has helped me to consistently be one of the top producing agents in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. I’ve also found that helps to have a little fun along the way! My partner, Ashley Davis, and I are thrilled to be part of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty and have taken Sotheby’s already amazing marketing program and philosophy one step further with the formation of our Distinctive Homes Group! I know the lakes, the Lakes Region, and the lifestyle you are probably looking for.

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