Darkness falling earlier every day. A distinctive chill in the air at night. Autumn is fast approaching, and what better time to list your home for sale than now!? If you’re ready to move, don’t hesitate and get that for sale sign on your house pronto.
As daylight dwindles, and frigid temperatures creep in, prospective home buyers tend not to come out in droves. And don’t forget- you’re likely to be searching for a house to buy as well. It’s much more tempting to stay put in your cozy, warm house than it is to bundle yourself up, shovel yourself out the door to your vehicle, scrape the frost and ice off, and head to view a house for sale. If the thought of house hunting in the winter makes your groan, now is the time to get moving.
The goal is to get your house sold now, before winter arrives and the busy holiday season ensues. The fact remains that homes do sell more slowly overall during the winter months, so try every trick in the book to move ASAP. Pack up, label and store any belongings that you don’t absolutely need. This will help your house to look more spacious, and therefore more attractive to buyers. Put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Have your home professionally staged. Some realtors have associations with tried and true staging companies to help your home put its best foot forward.
Before the snow flies, book a realtor or look into selling your house privately. There are many listing options and resources available online that will help you along the way. If you choose to use a real estate agent, they can aid you in navigating the buying and selling process. They can help you move your house more quickly, as realtors have access to broader advertising platforms. They also have a huge network of prospective buyers. They may have just the person who is looking for a house exactly like yours to come on the market.
It may be tempting to wait until spring to list your home for sale (if you have the option to do so). But there is no telling what twists and turns the market will take over the next 6 months, and you could be losing out on thousands of dollars by waiting. Also, the market is often flooded in the spring. With more house choices out there, buyers tend to have their pick, which may make it more difficult for you to sell yours.
Moving is just so much easier without snow. Wet carpets, slushy walkways, slippery stairs…..it really is preferable to move now rather than in the winter if it can be helped. Although Augusta Movers will easily move you any time of the year, it can be less hassle for you to not have the added stress a potential winter storm would bring on moving day! Plus, it can get very hectic trying to juggle a move with the business of the holiday season, if your timing overlaps December’s festivities.
So go ahead- grab a pumpkin spice latte and do what you need to do to get your house on the market and sold! You’ll be glad you didn’t wait once the cold weather arrives.