Fall’s reputation for being the most difficult time of year to sell a home, discourages many sellers from putting their houses on the market. The “off-season” is a busy time for people – kids are in school, the work load is heavy, and the holiday season is just around the corner. Purchasing a home, for some buyers, is simply set to the back-burner during this time.
It is not unheard of for sellers to view this time of year as an obstacle. However, to your surprise, it can be beneficial. Using the supply and demand principal, fewer options on the market creates a higher demand for purchasing a new home.
Follow these 3 tips for selling your home during the “off-season” and your asking price can certainly be within reach:
1) Keep Holiday Décor to a Minimum
Decluttered homes still make good impressions during the off-season. Although it might be tempting, try to stray away from the giant inflatable Santa Clause and Christmas Light Show this year. Be mindful that your potential home buyer might not practice the same holidays as you do, so instead stick with subtle season-themed decorations.
2) Keep Online Photos Up To Date
We get it – cold weather means you get lazier, and going outside to take pictures on a cold autumn afternoon doesn’t sound like the most appealing task to do. Although it might not be pleasant, be sure to keep your photos up to date. Remember that autumn leaves are something many people admire, so it’s encouraged to incorporate them in your photos.
Just make sure to keep the outside of your home neat. That means raking up those pesky fallen leaves!
3) Make Your Home Cozy
This statement can be both metaphorical and literal. For open houses, make sure your temperature is set correctly. Go crazy and light a few seasonal scented candles (nothing too potent).
Remember to stay confident, selling your home isn’t a process that always happens overnight. The right home buyer will come to you when they are ready.