With the hot summer sales season far behind us and the winter doldrums setting in, homeowners who are ready to make a move can feel anxious about the slower season. Just because now is not the best time to list your home on the market doesn’t mean you have nothing to do, though. In fact, now is the perfect time to start doing work to be ready to sell in springtime. When the weather turns nice, you’ll be prepared to jump into the market when you try these steps.
Take the opportunity to start de-cluttering. Why wait for spring to do some spring cleaning? Pack away items you don’t need, and start cleaning the property to ensure it will show well. When you start with a clean house, keeping it in a good state is much easier.
Start trying to figure out what you’ll face in the market when you list. What are the list prices of other homes in your area? What is your property value right now, and what do you hope to get out of the home? Figuring out the answers to these tough questions saves you lots of time later.
Will you work with a realtor to sell your home, or will you do it by yourself? Figure out how you want to market your home. If you intend to work with someone, find a realtor now and explain that you want to sell in the spring. They can assist you with making further preparations.
When you take the time to do your due diligence now, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running in the spring. While you can’t necessarily guarantee a fast sale, you can put your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Colder weather and shorter days might mean you must spend more time indoors — but it also means you have plenty of time to plan!