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Advantages of selling your home in the winter

Traditionally, spring and summer is the best time to put your home on the market. In the winter, the days are shorter, the temperature is colder and people are busier or just don't get outside as often. Don't let this dampen your spirits! There are still advantages to selling your home in the winter. Here are just a few of them.

Your buyers are serious

The last thing you probably want to deal with during the holidays is maintaining your home for showings when you have wrapping paper and leftover dishes from your recent holiday party strewn about the house; however, if people are taking the time out of their busy holiday schedules to search for a home, you know they're serious about buying. Take advantage of this by making yourself flexible with showing times

Little to no competition

Most sellers put their homes on the market during the spring and summer because both buyers and sellers have more flexibility, the days are longer and the temperatures are warmer. But that means there are more homes to choose from giving people the chance to take their time and be picky. During the winter, there are less homes to choose from since less are on the market, giving you the opportunity to make your home stand out and sell faster.

Your home is festive

Emotions are a huge part of any sale - especially during the holiday season. Work that holiday spirit to your advantage. Putting up decorations, playing festive music and having the fireplace going (if you can) will automatically make your home look and feel more inviting and cheery for showings. It helps people visualize the house as a home. Make sure your decorations enhance the best features of your home though; having too much clutter can have the opposite effect on a buyer.

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