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How to sell a home during the winter months

On Behalf of | Oct 15, 2019 | Residential Real Estate

Homes don’t traditionally sell quickly during the winter months in Delaware and other states with cooler climates. However, this doesn’t mean that a homeowner can’t get top dollar for his or her property. A smaller number of houses on the market may make those that are listed hotter commodities due to lack of competition. In some cases, it may actually be possible to list a home at a higher price point in the first two months of the year.

This is because buyers may need housing as they start new jobs or otherwise make changes in their lives that can occur right after the holiday season. Ideally, sellers will focus on making sure that they upload quality photos of their homes online. This is because buyers are less likely to travel during the winter months. Therefore, it is important to make a home so attractive that a buyer is willing to venture out on a cold or dark day to see a property.

Sellers are also encouraged to make their homes warm, cozy and inviting. This can be done by keeping the temperature slightly higher than normal and keeping at least one light on in each room. It can also be a good idea to highlight the ways that a home can keep energy bills to a minimum.

Those who are planning on selling residential real estate will ideally include an attorney as part of their real estate teams. Legal counsel may be able to answer questions a seller may have about property disclosures or other issues that may come up during the sale process. Legal counsel may also help a seller review an offer to determine if it is in his or her best interest to accept it without any further negotiations.