We Bust the 3 Biggest Myths About Selling Your Home in the Winter Part 3

canstockphoto37273624This is the third and final installment in our series about selling your home in winter.

Waiting until spring to sell your house is one of the biggest misconceptions in the world of real estate. We’ve already busted myths about selling during the winter and shared the top reasons why selling in the winter is easier than you think.

Now we’re going to focus on those home features that were custom-made to be shown off during the winter. Not everything looks better under the bright rays of the summertime sun. If you’re unsure how to make your property sparkle under winter skies, check out these features that show better in the winter than at any other time.

 

Energy Efficiency

This is one of the most important aspects of any home, and if you’ve invested in maximizing efficiency and cutting down energy costs, now is the time to brag about it. We’re not saying you should “accidentally” leave your latest heating bill lying around so potential buyers can see it, but depending on the numbers—why not?

If showing off your low power bills is too forward for your taste, make up a neat list that details all the energy efficient upgrades and changes you’ve made to the house. Include average heating and cooling bills, so buyers can take those discounted costs into consideration when weighing your home against others. If you’ve taken measures to reduce your home’s carbon footprint, include that information as an extra highlight.

 

Architectural Flourishes

Bannisters, columns, arches, and walkways are custom-made for winter decorations. Tasteful twinkling lights and evergreen garlands draw attention to these architectural features that may be overshadowed in summer by trim green lawns and flowerbeds. If you have special light fixtures or lampposts, add a colorful bow or sprig of holly to draw attention. These types of flourishes look good all winter long—not just during the holidays.

If it snows a lot in your neighborhood, play that up by creating a winter wonderland in your front yard, or on the porch. Create an image of cozy togetherness, where potential buyers can envision themselves enjoying a hot cup of cocoa or rolling up an impressive snowman to watch over the house.

 

Simple Upkeep

Home maintenance is something that potential buyers often have on their minds. If your home is easy to take care of during the winter, be sure to let buyers know it. Keep all driveways, walkways, and steps free of snow and ice—and keep snowblowers, shovels, and ice melt tucked out of sight.

If you present a neat and safe winter appearance, buyers won’t get distracted by how long the driveway is or the number of steps leading up to the front door. Make sure there are no leftover messes from fall cleanup. If snow is scarce, add a layer of mulch across all flowerbeds to make a tidy, well-kept impression on potential buyers.

 

Entertaining Spaces

Whether it’s a wide, open backyard perfect for a family picnic or an open floor plan that just screams holiday get-togethers, make it easy for buyers to see these entertainment perks. If you’re showing your home around the holidays, set up the space as you would for an intimate family dinner or a larger holiday mixer. Set out place settings or arrange furniture into conversational groupings and nooks.

To show off outdoor spaces that might be covered in a blanket of snow, display photos of summer festivities. Pick snapshots that feature outdoor dining, family barbecues, or other warm-weather festivities. If you have award-winning roses or an appealing summer garden, make sure those summertime bonuses aren’t left out.

 

Final Thoughts

Winter can seem like a tough time to show off your home’s greatest assets, but some things look better under a soft covering of snow or in the warm light of a fire. Identify what makes your house stand out when the days are shorter, and get ready to join the winter housing market. It’s the perfect time for your little gem to shine.

We Bust the 3 Biggest Myths About Selling Your Home in the Winter Part 2

canstockphoto17388076This is part two of our series on why winter is a great time to sell your home.

Last time we looked at three of the biggest myths that keep people from listing their house during the winter. We took down the false idea that no one is looking to move in the winter and talked about how to capitalize on the curb appeal of snow and holiday décor.   

Today, we’re going to explore the top five reasons selling in winter is easier than you think. If you’re ready to put your house on the market, but thought you had to wait until spring flowers start peeking through the soil, here are five reasons that should change your mind.

 

  1. You Can Seal the Deal Faster

Few people know this, but home loans processed in the winter often close faster than during other times of the year. With fewer homes on the market, mortgage lenders aren’t juggling as many clients. And even though lenders always give every client the time and attention they need, it’s easier to move ahead quickly when there are fewer loans to process. That means that during the winter, lenders are ready to quickly process your buyers’ financing as soon as they’re ready to move in. It also means your buyers are more likely to be pre-approved.

 

  1. Buyers Are Highly Motivated

Many of us avoid slogging about in winter’s slushy, icy conditions, and the same goes for home buyers. Folks who are ready to don their boots and scarves to check out your home are highly motivated to make a purchase. The good news for you is that you’re more likely to be dealing with potential buyers who are pre-approved and ready to sign on the dotted line. Another reason winter buyers tend to be more motivated is the common existence of external deadlines like a job relocation or the need to get kids settled into a new school quickly.

 

  1. You’ll Get to Deal With Fewer Showings

With a smaller number of people shopping for homes in the winter, you’re less likely to run into “window shoppers.” Along with being highly motivated, winter buyers aren’t going to trek out into the weather without good reason. You’ll have fewer last-minute calls for showings, which means selling your home in winter won’t take over your holidays or disrupt other winter festivities.  

 

  1. Negotiations Are Easier

External deadlines and fewer homes to compete with are two of the biggest factors that can make a positive impact on contract negotiations. Because buyers are motivated, they want to move fast when they find a home they like. This results in offers that are closer to listing price. According to a Redfin study, homes listed during winter sold one week faster and for 1.1% more money than homes sold during other seasons. In fact, homes listed in the winter sold in the fewest amount of days—26—compared to every other time of year. And faster sales means less nitpicking and back-and-forth during negotiations.

 

  1. You’ll Get Undivided Agent Attention

No matter when you list your home, your agent is dedicated to providing top-notch service. But when there are fewer homes on the market, it stands to reason that your agent will have more time to spend on your listing. This can only work in your favor, ensuring that your property rises to the top of the list of homes that are ready to welcome a new family during the winter months.

 

Selling your home is always a big decision—and it can feel overwhelming and risky. Understanding how a winter listing can work in your favor is one way to settle those house-selling nerves. If you’re ready to take the plunge, we’re ready to make your home the toast of the winter housing market.

 

This was the second in a three-part series about selling your home in winter. Watch for our final installment that talks about property features you can show off when you sell your home during winter.

We Bust the 3 Biggest Myths About Selling Your Home in the Winter

This is part one in a three-part series about selling your home in winter.

canstockphoto5310529Sleigh rides, twinkling lights, and hot cocoa by the fire are all things that come to mind in the winter. Putting your house on the market? Not so much.

But waiting until spring to list your home is a big mistake.

It’s a common myth of sellers that they think no one buys a home during the winter,” says Real Estate Agent Ryan Ivie. “I’m constantly telling sellers that it’s actually a great time to sell because that’s when inventory is lower, meaning less competition.  I’ve seen plenty of homes, especially higher end, sell in the middle of winter.”

If you’re ready to move out and move on, don’t let winter stand in your way. This can be an ideal time to get your house on the market. If you’ve been on the fence about listing during the dark, snowy days of winter, let us put your mind at ease.

We’re busting the biggest myths about selling your home in the winter months—check out the home-selling truth below.

 

Myth #1: No one’s looking for a house in the winter.

It’s true that there may be fewer buyers during winter months, but the ones that don scarves, boots, and stocking caps to see your house are serious about finding their dream home. You’ll save yourself an endless parade of window shoppers and capture those who are ready to buy now.

Mythbuster Reality Check: There ARE fewer homes for sale in the winter (and that’s a good thing!).

There might be fewer people looking, but there’s also a limited number of homes for sale in the winter. That means you have less competition. And less competition means you have a better chance of selling your home at or near asking price—and doing it faster than you would if every home on the block had a For Sale sign in the front yard.

 

Myth #2: The holidays are the worst time to show your house.

Actually, your house might show better during the holidays. Lights, wreaths, and a fresh blanket of snow can help your house look more inviting. All those special touches help invoke nostalgia, plus it’s easier for people to envision their own future holiday gatherings when they see how warm and cozy your house already is.

Mythbuster Reality Check: Putting up a few lights is easier than weeding the flowerbed daily.

When your house is on the market it needs to look its best ALL THE TIME. During the summer that means regular weeding, mowing, and edging. In the spring you have to combat unpredictable weather and the unattractive reality of mud and dead plants that haven’t yet come back to life. But in the winter a few twinkling lights and a nice snowfall give your home an instant facelift that doesn’t require you to break a sweat.

 

Myth #3: Nobody wants to move in December.

December is a busy month full of shopping, parties, decorating, and creating magical memories. It’s easy to assume that no one has the time (or the desire) to try to fit househunting into that mix. However, there are a couple reasons that buyers may be extra-motivated this time of year. Some people are under an end-of-the-year deadline to buy a house for tax reasons. Others may be looking for a fresh start at the new year, or need to move for work.

Mythbuster Reality Check: People often NEED to move in January.

The first of the year is all about new beginnings, and employers are no exception. January is one of the biggest months for relocations, which means everyone who needs to move their family for a job is looking for a place to call home. So, while it may be true that folks want to pack up the moving van after the holidays, they need to find and buy a house before.

 

Get Ready to Sell Your Home This Winter

If you’ve been letting these myths stand in the way of hanging out that For Sale sign, it’s time to bust those misconceptions. If you’re serious about selling your home, why not get started now? You could start your new year off with a successful sale and a brand new dream home for you and your family.

 

This is the first in a three-part series about selling your home in the winter. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to capitalize on this overlooked selling season and stay tuned for our next two installments!

4 Winter Home Improvement Projects

The weather outside may be frightful, but simple home improvements are oh so delightful this time of year. Aside from a fresh coat paint and a plethora of flooring projects, these four projects are sure to get you up off the couch, increase your property value and get you through the remaining colder months faster.canstockphoto2028844

  1. Organizing

When Spring arrives and the weather warms up, you will thank yourself for already going through all of your piles of junk. Decluttering and organizing is a great winter project. In fact, January happens to be “Get Organized Month.” Don’t try to tackle the entire house at one. Devote time every week to decluttering and coming up with organizational solutions for each space throughout your home.

  1. Bathroom touch-ups

If your grout is gunky, your tub is lined with unsightly mildew or your sink its hopelessly outdated, it might be time for a bathroom touch up. Bathrooms offer a great winter project as they provide an escape from the cold and can be enjoyed all year long once they are complete.  You can frugally remodel your bathroom by replacing the faucet and other hardware, thoroughly cleaning or even re-grouting the tile and applying a fresh coat of paint.

  1. Backsplash install

Backsplashes are to kitchens; as peanut butter is to jelly. They’re essential for getting that perfect combination. Take your kitchen up a notch with a backsplash install. A flashy or textured tile can add color and life to a plain scheme. The right backsplash also will accessorize and emphasize your countertops, cabinets and appliances.

  1. Drab-to-fab door overhaul

Refurbish and dressing up your interior doors can have a lot of visual impact on your home. Replacing the doors completely can quickly become costly. Consider these DIY alternatives to really shake things up. You can paint or stain them a darker color as dark doors often look more expensive. Colored doors also look much more modern and whimsical than traditional wood. Updating the hardware and changing the doorknobs also provides an inexpensive fix for outdated doors. You can add or replace the molding around your doors to create dimension and provide an elegant look and feel to the space.

Getting Your Yard Ready for The Winter

We are moving closer to winter and, as each day ticks closer to our first snowfall, now is the time to prepare your yard for the cold months ago. To help you prepare, here are some steps to start taking today to ensure your yard survives (and thrives) over the winter. frost-on-grass-1358926_640

Lawn care. Even though the temperatures are cooling down, mowing your lawn is still important. While you’re at it, take a moment to aerate and fertilize your lawn to ensure it has the necessary nutrients to survive the winter ahead. In addition to making sure your lawn has the nutrients it needs, it’s equally important to rake up your leaves as they begin to fall. Unraked leaves will lead to fungus which can kill your lawn and may lead to health problems.

Winterize your sprinklers. Utah can have some serious cold months so it’s critical you winterize your sprinkler system so it doesn’t crack or burst. To do this, turn off the water and push the excess water out of your pipes with an air compressor.

Prepare your soil. As we move further into the autumn months, add some manure to your flower beds, especially around the plants that need a little extra protection, which can be absorbed throughout the winter.

Cover your air conditioner. While you’re preparing your yard, don’t forget to winterize your air conditioner. Use this time to wash out any dirt and debris from your unit, check pipes, and wrap your unit with visit a plastic or vinyl cover. As your close down your AC unit for the winter, this is also the perfect time to check your furnace and change your filters.

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