Perhaps you’re selling your home in the colder months of your area. It may be easier to sell a home with green grass, and bursting flower beds with sunlight coming through your windows, but there are ways to highlight a home in colder months to make it appealing to potential buyers.
If you’re buying a home in warmer months, there are also things to consider for the climate you’re buying in.
For potential buyers
Make sure you know how the house is heated. Heat can be a major expense in some homes. Older homes that have older systems for heat, may wind up costing you more money to heat in the colder months.
Know how warm the house typically stays. Try to find out if the house hold’s heat well, or if it’s drafty. This doesn’t stick strictly to older homes; newer homes can leak heat as well. Know the climate that you’re buying in, if it’s a severely cold climate than your heating system is if the utmost importance, but if it’s rarely cold where you’re looking to buy, the heating system may not be that important to you.
If you’re looking in a particularly cold climate, consider the roads to your house or your driveway. If a driveway of a home you’re looking at, could be a bit tricky to get up, during a winter storm with ice, perhaps that’s something to consider before buying.
For home owner’s selling
Make sure to inform your listing agent how your home is heated. Perhaps this is something you want to change before you sell your house. If you live in a colder climate, and your heating system is outdated, updating it could make your home more attractive to potential buyers, and help you get more value for your home.
Highlight comfy areas of your home, like a central fireplace in a family or living room. Be sure to flaunt any additional warmer features, like heated floors or a master bedroom fireplace. These are features that will entice buyers.
Selling a home in the fall or winter
It’s a common misconception that buying or selling a home in the fall or winter is a bad idea. Typically, the housing market has more listings in the spring and summer, as people believe this is the “time to buy.” But people buy homes year round, and in the colder months you’ll find more serious home buyers. Potential buyers in the cooler months tend to be more serious buyers, they need a home now which is why they’re looking. Instead of having an overwhelming turn out at an open house, with few serious buyers, you may have less of a turnout, but more buyers with an intent and a timeline.
The housing market doesn’t fall flat anywhere in the colder months. People will always need homes, and sometimes they can’t or don’t want to wait for spring or summer. Make your home seem as cozy as possible and highlight any unique heat-related features. If you’re looking for a home, be sure to consider how it’s heated, what your utilities could look like, and what sort of climate you’re in.