It goes without saying that spring and summer are excellent times to put your house on the market; the weather is warm and potential home buyers are in the mood to window shop.
That said, there are also some real advantages that come with listing in the fall and winter. The kids are back in school, people are travelling less and there's typically less competition to contend with. In Whistler particularly, the early winter season brings many events and Resort guests and is just as busy as the summer months so your listing will get just as much exposure. And, if it is a property suited to those skiers and snowboarders it is often the better time to list.
As we embrace the hygge and cooler weather (and brace ourselves for the winter months ahead), let's consider what the fall and winter markets have to offer. Here are five reasons why you might want to think about selling your home sooner rather than later.
1. The Internet has no seasons
The worldwide web has changed the way we shop for homes. During the colder months, people can research and view properties with the click of a button, which means there are potential home buyers actively looking at any time, no matter the season.
2. Curb appeal is a cinch
During spring and summer, buyers are looking for perfectly manicured lawns, flowers and impeccable landscaping, which can cost you a tremendous amount of time and money. By fall, however, most plants are already dormant. All you need to do is rake the leaves or make sure your snow is well shoveled before the open house. An inviting wreath can also work wonders.
3. There's often less competition
Listing your home during a less popular selling season means there will be fewer new properties on the market. Less competition makes the market less crowded, providing you a great opportunity to really make your home stand out.
4. Buyers are serious
Many buyers will choose to ease into the market in the summer, looking around to see what neighbourhoods, features and amenities will best meet their needs. And, if they haven't purchased over the summer, by the time fall and winter comes around, the window shoppers often have a clearer idea of what they want.
5. You can enjoy spring and summer in your new home
Nobody wants to spend the warmest months of the year planning for and stressing out over a move. If you put your home on the market in the fall or winter, there's a better chance you'll be settled into your new home by the time spring arrives, so you can enjoy a hassle-free summer.