We are mid-October and college football is already in its sixth week. Soon it will be winter. Can you make a winter house sale in Baltimore? Yes you can! Some people love to shop in December for a major purchase. That’s why you see TV car ads showing big red Christmas bows on expensive autos bought by romantic husbands hoping to surprise their wives with the best Christmas present ever. Others want to begin a new page of their life and after the New Year is a perfect time to buy a new house.
One big reason it’s a fine time to schedule a winter house sale in Baltimore is that there is less competition. Only about half the number of houses are for sale in the winter compared to the summer.
Real estate website Redfin has studied home listing, sale price and time-on-market data from 2010 through this past October from around the country, updating a two-year analysis it completed last year. It concluded that if you want to sell for more than your asking price, listing in December, January, February and March gives you a better chance on average than if you list any time from June through November. During the last three years, listing during those four months has produced higher percentages of above-asking-price sales than listing during any months other than April and May.”
Here are some things you can do to make your home more appealing during the winter to get that house sold.
- Think curb appeal. Shovel, Scrape and Salt, if a potential buyer struggles to pull into the driveway, slips on the sidewalk, or has to walk through a pile of snow; chances are they are thinking that maintaining your home is too much work. Make your home appear to be low maintenance.
- Make sure your house sparkles.
- Be agile! You want to be ready at the drop of a hat to show your home to potential buyers. That means any holiday parties may be out so you don’t have to worry about post-party cleanup. Just say to friends and family, “We are trying to sell our house. Why not celebrate at your house?”
- Put up your decorations if you want, but stay on the conservative side. Potential buyers will experience a warm feeling with some decorations. You don’t want so many lights that the house can be seen from space. You want them to get excited about spending holidays in their house. A huge Christmas tree could be wrong if it makes your house to appear small.
- Get the price right, maybe just a little under the market. The last thing you want is the house to sit on the market which could lead to a price reduction.
- Make sure to hire a knowledgeable agent who knows the area your house is in. Buyers like to know what the schools are like and how close; how close is shopping, parks and access to the freeway, etc.
- If you are looking to sell your home quickly and are not sure you have the time to look for an agent and prepare your home to be ready to show buyers you may want to consider an all cash offer. A reputable cash home buyer will offer you an all cash offer for your home as is. You can have your home sold quickly in the winter.
If you are not planning to sell in the next two and a half months, here are some things you can do to winterize your home:
Block Window Drafts
Remove window screens and replace them with storm windows, which successfully blocks drafts and keeps the home warmer and fuel costs lower. If the home has single pane windows, a simple solution, however unattractive it might be, is to purchase a window insulation kit that is attached to the interior of a window with tape and a hair dryer.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
The counterclockwise rotation of a fan’s blades circulates the air near the ceiling back into the room, which warms the air and helps in keeping heating costs by as much as 10 percent lower.
Seal Hidden Drafts
Seal areas of your Baltimore home where windows, walls and foundations meet because this is where small amounts of air may leak through. By using a lighted candle, homeowner’s can find these little draft cracks. Use a caulking gun or weather stripping products to seal these cracks.
Keep Water On Hand
If proper precautions have not been taken to protect underground water pipes and outdoor water faucets then drinking, cooking and washing water is not available until hours later when air warms the pipes. To avoid this inconvenience keep empty gallon jugs around the house and fill them with water so when the need arises, the family won’t be too terribly inconvenienced.
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