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4 Tips to Help You Prepare for a Fall or Winter Home Sale

Planning for a fall or winter home sale? If so, start preparing by following these four recommendations.

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If you’re looking to sell your home in either the fall or winter, here are four seasonally specific tips to help you prepare:

1. Have photographers over to take listing photos sometime in early fall. Winters aren’t exactly kind to us here in Minnesota what with the heavy snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures. Therefore, your home’s exterior certainly won’t stand out as much then as it does right now. That’s why, if you’re planning a winter sale, you and your agent should coordinate a time for photographers to come to your home and get your aerial footage and 3-D home tour taken care of sooner rather than later.

2. Arrange for contractors to come address needed exterior work. That might include repairs to your siding, roofing, windows, landscaping, and/or driveway. Not disclosing issues with these big-ticket items and leaving them for the buyer to find once the snow has melted will come back to haunt you. My advice is to address any issues with your home’s exterior now while the weather is warm and you’re able to get a contractor to do it.

This is the perfect time to tackle improvement projects, so that when you have photographers over, they can capture your home in its best light.

3. Focus less on your landscaping and more on your interior. If you need to make upgrades, paint, or get contractors into your home for any reason, place those concerns ahead of your landscaping for now. Understand that it’s give and take with most contractors: If you give them some flexibility to do their work, a lot of times, you’ll get better pricing. This is the perfect time to tackle improvement projects, so that when you have photographers over, they can capture your home in its best light. Remember, virtually all buyers start their search online, so your top priority should be to make your listing photos shine.

4. Meet with your listing agent and start tracking market conditions. A lot changes in the market around the month of September. Kids are back in school and people are busy. Toward the end of August, many families take trips or have other end-of-summer activities going on before school is back in session and their schedules change accordingly. Now that things are settling down, the market will start to pick up the pace again. Given that our market is seasonally dependent, it’s important to follow conditions so that you don’t price your home in the fall or winter the same way you would in the summer. Doing that puts you at risk of overpricing and being above the market, which will only repel buyers.

If you have any questions about buying or selling a home in our fall or winter market or if there’s a topic you’d like me to cover in the future, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I’ll talk to you soon!