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Home sellers and real estate agents often fear the winter months because it seems like a poor time to list. The truth is that winter can be a great time to list your home for sale.
Conventional wisdom tries to say that taking your home off the market in winter, or waiting to list, until the spring selling season starts is the best way to sell your home. The truth is that if you are trying to sell your home, wouldn’t you rather list while the competition is less?
With the start of the New Year, thoughts naturally turn to change. If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to sell your home, then making the right resolutions can help you sell your home quickly and for the best possible return.
Top 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Home Sellers
Move Up Spring Cleaning–Time to do your spring cleaning now. Declutter, depersonalize, and make the home look roomier.
Stage Your Home–Whether you hire someone or do it yourself, this is the time to rearrange your furniture to make your rooms look bigger and brighter. Good news on the horizon for you....I offer COMPLIMENTARY staging (including complete pantry organization) with all listings!
Think it Through– Before you spend money on renovations and upgrades, think carefully and don’t overspend by guessing.
The long evenings of the winter months invites families to stay home and enjoy the warmth of their own home. Naturally, attention turns to the fireplace as both providing extra heat and as the focal point of the room. New technology and environmentally friendly design has brought contemporary updates that are sleek, fashionable and playful.
Finishing – Fireplace finishes have changed. New products such as the Cool Wall Series open a wide variety of design options by allowing a cool surface as a backdrop for finishes.
Wood – Wood burning fireplaces are back in style. Decorative spaces for wood storage are adding architectural interest.
Larger Openings – One of the leading trends in fireplace design is enlarging the viewing window of the fireplace. A simple retrofit of an existing fireplace can make a huge difference in the look of any room.
Corner Fireplaces – This popular feature of the 1990s is back with modern updates. Two or three sided fireplaces with sleek styling and elegant accents, such as wood or metal, are providing a centerpiece for rooms.
Fireplace Walls – Linear fireplaces that stretch the length of the wall is one trend showing up in model homes across the country. Monotone colors and clean lines finish this modern trend.
The holiday season is here. Decorating magazines and store fronts are filled with beautiful wreaths, themed pillows and festive decorations, but this can be expensive. Decking the halls doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Add some freshness to your home this season with these inexpensive ideas.
DIY Ornament Wreath – Find some inexpensive ornaments and use your hot glue gun to attach to a wreath shape.
Fresh Greenery – Extra cuttings from the tree or even an evergreen in your yard adds charm to your front door, table or mantle.
Candles – Real or fake, candles create ambiance throughout the home. Use silver or white candle sticks and holders to contrast with fresh greens for a modern look.
Candy Canes – Fill jars or glassware with multi-colored candy canes and leave on coffee tables and dressers.
Wrap Your Gifts Early – Nestle wrapped presents under the tree or in piles in corners. Use festive, colorful paper to add to the charm of the room.
Holiday Pillows – Discount stores offer inexpensive holiday pillows to through on sofas, beds and chairs.
Fairy Lights – Adding battery powered light strands to wreaths, tucked in greens and trimmings and clear bowls filled with ornaments can add a sparkle to the room.
These are just a few tips for decorating your home this year for less money, and have fun doing it.
The Holiday Season has arrived and many home sellers are concerned it’s the wrong time tolist their homes. The truth is that the holidays can be a great time to sell your home. Not only does your home look more beautiful dressed up for the holidays, but buyers are often more emotionally tied to the home because of it. There is no need to wait for the hectic New Year selling season to list. There are benefits to selling now!
Lower Inventory – Typically there are fewer homes on the market; fewer homes means less competition.
Serious Buyers – Buyers during the holidays tend to be more serious than at other times of the year. Moving is not fun anytime of the year, but the holidays are particularly hard, so buyers willing to do this are serious about moving.
Interest Rates are Still Low – No one knows what’s coming in the New Year, but fornow, Interest Rates are still traditionally low.
The Holiday Selling Season is here. Home sellers can capitalize on the slower pace, smaller inventory and serious buyers by listing now. Deck the halls and offer a warm, cozy home to potential buyers and take advantage of the season for selling your home now.