In the real estate business, there’s a lot more to getting top dollar for your property than just location, location and…location. Listing your home at certain times of the year or even certain days of the week can make a difference in helping get that desired price. Also, there are personal and external factors that influence the decision to move. If you think you’d like to sell your home but you’re just not sure about the timing, here are some tips to help you make a choice that’s best for you:
1) Are YOU ready to sell?
Selling a home can be a tough, emotional decision, especially if you have years of cherished memories, kids to uproot or you’re going through a big life change. You have to know that it’s right for you and your family. One of the easiest ways to move forward with a decision is to make a pro/con list and weigh all of the factors involved, and what you’ll gain or lose by making this move. For some people however, they may not have the luxury of having a say in the matter if work, health or other obligations are behind the reasons to move. In these instances, it’s not about whether to move or not, it’s about what type of home and what new location will be best.
2) Which season?
In this area, spring and summer are naturally the prime selling seasons for residential properties. The nice weather, travel accessibility, enhanced curb appeal and an easier transition for kids in school are some of the top reasons to sell at this time. People love to go to open houses and look for homes when the weather is great, which also means that some less-than-serious buyers are out and about in spring and summer. You’ll also have more competition to contend with, so be sure that you know the market, local trends, and what’s selling in your area before you list.
3) Is your HOME ready to sell?
Even if you’re emotionally ready to sell and the market is hot, you may not get top dollar for your home if it’s not ready to sell. Before listing, it’s important to really wow prospective buyers. To do this you need to have your home in tip-top shape, cleared of clutter, and ideally, freshly-painted and staged. While this may be a time-consuming job to prepare your home to sell, the payoff can be significant if it sells for your asking price or above!
There are many reasons why you should hire a Realtor®; their extensive knowledge of the real estate market, home values in your area and staging tips alone are invaluable when it comes time to sell. Even if you aren’t confident just yet that you’d like to sell your home in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, the Blue Mountains, Meaford or the Georgian Triangle, connect with us and let’s talk! You might gain some key insights that help you decide to stay, sell or postpone it for a while. Call today at (705) 445-7085; we’re here for you.