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Why Selling Your Home In the Winter Isn't So Bad

  December 22, 2016   Posted by: Brookside Realty

Why Selling Your Home In the Winter Isn't So Bad

 

If you need to sell your home in Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge or the surrounding areas this winter and you’re concerned about it sitting on the market until spring, rest assured! If you know what to do, selling your home in the winter is no harder than selling in the summer.

 

Hire a Great Real Estate Agent

The most important step to selling a home in the winter is hiring a great real estate company that knows how to appeal to the markets during this time of year. One of the most common reasons for selling a home in the winter is a job transfer, so we know you might need to move quickly and don’t want your home sitting on the market! Brookside Realty is connected to a huge network of realtors across Canada and we’ll market your home in a variety of locations to get the most exposure possible. The more people who see your home, the better chance of it selling right away.

 

Prepare Your Home’s Exterior

Cleaning up your home’s exterior is key to making a great first impression with potential buyers. The last thing people want to see when they’re looking for a home in the winter is piles of leaves on the front yard and overgrown landscaping. That just means extra work outside in the cold, rain and snow – and nobody wants that.

 

Our agents will have photos taken of the exterior of your home to post online and in our office and mall kiosks. To make your home look appealing and move-in ready, you should clear any debris, snow and ice to make it easier for potential buyers to see the walkways, porch and driveway. Making a great first impression might be what gets you the price you want for your home. And it never hurts to create an attractive doorway by hanging a wreath or other decoration on the door!

 

Clean Your Home’s Interior

The rooms in your home will look bigger if you get rid of clutter. Get organized by throwing away excess possessions and organizing the remaining items. If you can pack your belongings for storage in another location, then that is a good way to make the space look cleaner. People who are looking for a new home in the winter will typically be in a hurry, and they will want a home that is spotless and move-in ready. Make sure to wash the walls and other surfaces and have the carpets cleaned professionally to remove any stains. Investing in a few holiday-scented candles is also a great way to create a homey feeling that might resonate with potential buyers and give you an edge.

 

Have an Alternate Place to Live

If you are going to continue to live in the home while it is being listed, try to avoid having too many holiday decorations up. It is important to remember that when your real estate agent receives an offer on your property, you will need to move fairly quickly in most cases. Have a plan in place to cope with moving in inclement weather along with having a place to live until you find your new home. Contact Brookside Realty at 604-467-5000 to talk to our team about selling your Pitt Meadows or Maple Ridge home this winter.

 

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