Selling Your Home

How to Live in Your “For Sale” Home

Living in a home that's for sale doesn’t have to mean living in a nightmare. Here’s how you can manage the situation.

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Quite frankly, one of the hardest things to do in real estate is to live in your home while it’s for sale. You want to keep it a liveable environment for you and your family, but you also want it to show well and be free of clutter. So today, we'd like to share some tips with you. 

To begin with, you want to begin packing things up. You know you’ll be moving at some point, so you might as well start working on closets and other areas you don’t access often. Have a garage sale for things you want to get rid of, donate things you don’t need, and so on. You want potential buyers to see there will be ample space for them if they choose to move in.

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4 Primary Factors That Will Determine How Long Your Home Sits on the Market

If you want to get a good idea of how long your home will stay on the market once it’s listed, there are four primary factors to take into consideration

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How long will it take your home to sell once you put it on the market? There are many factors to consider, but these four will give you a good idea of what to expect:

1. Location. For example, does the home back into a busy road or is it tucked away in a nice, quiet cul-de-sac? Also, what’s the home’s elevation like? Is the backyard sloped in any way?

2. Price. Pricing your home is like going deep-sea fishing—you can have the best equipment possible and know where the fish are, but if you don’t drop the bait where they’re swimming, you won’t get any bites. Similarly, if you don’t price your home where buyers are looking, you won’t get any bites either.

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Why You Should Consider Selling in the Winter

Selling In Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

The season you sell your home can have an impact on how much you get for your home and how quickly it sells. The season that has the most success in selling homes is spring. This is a good time of year for families moving to new school districts and is also more convenient weather for moving. Because of this trend, most people will recommend waiting to list your home until after the winter is over. Avoiding the winter is a huge misconception in the housing industry and can cause homeowners to miss out on opportunities.

Selling in the winter can give you a few advantages. There will be fewer houses on the market since most people assume winter is a bad time to sell. This gives your home more attention. Potential buyers are always looking no matter the time of year. Keeping your house on the market in the winter might bring the right buyer to your door. Real estate agents also tend to be less busy during these months and commit more time to getting your home sold.

Studies have shown winter buyers are buying because they need to move right away either for a relocation or personal situation. They will want to close quickly and allow for a much smoother sale.

Bottom Line

If you need to sell your home right away, or have some time but want to see what is out there, consider listing in the winter. Most homeowners who are going to sell will list their home in the spring, making for a competitive market. The winter allows buyers who are in a hurry to move consider your home and sell for more money than you would have in the spring.

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