Selling your home before Christmas

When many buyers start to think about selling their home, they decide to hold off until summer. Summer is often recognized as the busiest and most successful time to sell your home. However, contrary to popular belief, many buyers are looking for houses in the winter. January has more relocations than any other month throughout the year, so for many buyers and sellers, winter is a necessary time to start looking at the housing market. It’s also the time when new semesters start in universities and schools kick off a fresh term. It’s a time of new beginnings and fresh starts, and it’s also a great time to move into a new home. If you’ve been considering selling, here are five reasons to sell your Kelowna home during the holidays.

Cheerful Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is important. When a buyer views your house, you want them to have a positive impression from the start. It’s true that when many buyers opt to sell their home in the summer the flowers are blooming and lawns are green, but the holidays are not without their beauty. In fact, after houses are decorated for the holidays many of them are incredibly beautiful.

In the warmer months, creating a home with a good curb appeal may involve pruning hedges, mowing lawns, weeding flowerbeds, and raking leaves, but in the winter months, it can be as simple as stringing lights and hanging a wreath or two. Don’t skip out on your holiday traditions. Twinkly lights, green garlands, and a crisp sheet of fresh snow do a lot to impress buyers when selling your Kelowna home.

Feel free to decorate your home inside as well. There’s something magical about hung Christmas baubles, strung lights, and a well-decorated tree. These kinds of decorations are pretty and they also represent a lifestyle full of family and friendship and love. What better way to greet someone on the hunt for a new home?

The holidays are also a really good time for potential buyers to get a sense of the community you live in. If your whole block is decked out in bright lights and Christmas baubles, buyers are sure to get the impression of a connected, festive community.

Show Off Your Home’s Features

Kelowna experiences its fair share of cold winter days, and buyers want to invest in a home that they know will be comfortable in throughout the year. Additionally, as the cost of living continues to rise many buyers find themselves concerned with the price of heating or cooling their new home. Many houses in Kelowna come equipped with well-insulated windows, smart thermostats, and energy efficient heating systems that help reduce these costs. Winter is a perfect time to highlight these features. This will help your house seem comfortable and practical.

Start Fresh In the New Year

Successfully selling your home during the holidays means that come January, you can enjoy a fresh start in a new home. Whether that new home is only a few blocks away or a few provinces away is completely up to you. January isn’t just a great time to start new jobs and to make resolutions for the new year, it’s also when the new semester starts for the school year. If you have any children in the house, this will help ease the transition of moving from one place to another.

Less Competition

Many sellers think that summer is the best time to sell their home. Perhaps in part because of this, it is certainly the most competitive time to list your Kelowna home. When you choose to put your home up for sale in the winter, you’ll find that the competition is not nearly so intense.

With fewer houses on the market, it’s easier to put together a listing that will impress. It’s also more likely that your home will get better visibility. At Vantage West we pride ourselves on our strong internet marketing strategy that gives your home every opportunity to succeed.

More Serious Buyers

In winter, there may be fewer houses on the market and fewer buyers looking to invest, but this can also mean that sellers and buyers are more serious about making a transaction. Winter is often when you’ll find foreign investors make purchases. Other countries do not necessarily observe the same holidays, and many buyers overseas look at December and January as a good time to invest. It’s also a time when you’ll find many people are forced to buy so that they can begin a new semester in time for January or relocate to a new job position.

For more information about the process of selling your Kelowna home through the holidays, connect with the experts at Vantage West Realty. Our sales team is experienced, knowledgeable, and prides itself on knowing the ins and outs of the Kelowna real estate market.

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