Why You Should Consider Selling Your Home in the Off-season
Besides vacations to warm, sandy shorelines, longer days, and stronger rays from the sun, summertime is usually characterized as an ideal time to purchase a new home and move someplace to start fresh.
But while it is a more convenient time to relocate – especially for families that don’t want to move the kids during the school year – there are multiple benefits to holding off and selling one’s home during another season, like fall or even winter.
Many homeowners, by focusing on a summer sale, actually miss out on key benefits that come with selling their homes in the off-season. Luckily, the Michelle Clark Team is well-versed in real estate trends here in southeastern North Carolina, and can help you make the most of the sale at any time of year.
Less competition, therefore more attention
When homeowners gear up for a summer sale, the promotions and advertisements all tend to run together, which in turn gives potential buyers many options from which to choose. While that’s great for those looking to buy a home, it can make the process more difficult and sometimes even lengthier for the seller. If you choose to put your house on the market in the off-season, however, your competition is likely to decrease. With fewer listings to compete with, your house will also garner more attention from those that are trying to move before or after the summer solstice, meaning you can bank on the probability of a swift and profitable sell.
Limited availability in the market can do more than just give you an edge when it comes to finding a buyer. Once you have an interested party or two, it’s imperative that you keep communications open, but remain perceptive to any offers headed your way. By distinguishing your house among few other options, there is a greater potential for bids between potential buyers. You can then work with your real estate agent to sign on the arrangement that benefits you the most, rather than having to settle.
During spring and summer, when the sun is out and days are longer, houses for sale often get treated to outdoor improvements and touch-ups to emphasize their outward appeal. During fall or winter sales, it’s a good time to spruce up the inside of your home and highlight its best interior features. That way, when potential buyers come and take a look, you can draw them in by playing up all the ways the house is a cozy, safe haven from the outdoors. Given the relatively temperate winters we enjoy here near the beach, we recommend giving both your lawn and the inside of your home a once-over before advertising that it’s for sale, but being able to appeal to a buyer’s sense of comfort and style never hurts!
You can’t always control when you’ll have to put your house on the market, but the Michelle Clark Team is ready and eager to lend a hand regardless of the season! Contact us if you’re ready to take the next step in homeownership here in coastal North Carolina.