With another steady month of sales, and July traditionally being one of my stronger selling months, I thought it was worthwhile to share the virtues of selling in winter. Interestingly, during the recent storm our open homes were busier on the Saturday during the thick of the storm than the Sunday when the sun was shining. I guess buyers were thinking it was a great time to see how they performed.
1. Less competition
Traditionally homeowners hunker down in winter and then all decide to sell in spring. It makes so much sense to sell when everybody else isn’t.
2. Like it in winter, love it in summer
Buyers like to see your property in the worst conditions. If they like it now they will love it over the warmer months.
3. High and dry
What else need I say after this winter and with recent flooding buyers can see for themselves just how your home has fared – both inside and out.
4. Heating and insulation go hand in hand
Winter will test the quality of your insulation and heating system. Practically showing how these key components function in winter will inspire confidence with prospective purchasers. A well-insulated home maintains ambient heat.
5. Time to show off
if your home is warm, sunny and dry, winter is the great time to tell the world about it. Sun shining right into a living area will convince so much better than a 1,000 words spoken.
A breathing home is a healthy home. Crying windows is huge put off to prospective purchasers. If you don’t have a ventilation system, we suggest you at least air your home regularly.
7. Appeal to the senses
Baking, coffee and hot soup, the ultimate feel goods on a winter’s day! Time to sharpen those baking skills, and there is probably no better way to impress the crowds than fresh baking greeting you at the door.
Over the years I have found that winter is actually a good time to sell, and here at Team Griff we would rate the winter market a close second to that of the new year market. Selling in winter also sets you up well to purchase in the spring, when there are traditionally more homes on the market. So, if you are considering the merits of selling, why not contact us now – you too could be pleasantly surprised with a great result.