A lot of people tend to hunker down in their homes in winter and do not feel like venturing out into the frigid cold more than necessary. This year has been very unique, the deep freeze and massive snow dump we experienced in December 2013 and the 2 week Chinook in January. Fort St. John is still the hottest real estate market in B.C. yet the idea of selling or buying a house in the winter is not every ones ideal.
However, January, February sales statistics are very similar to the “Spring Market” May and June - comparing the number of homes sold in a month. Fort St. John has a very consistent rate of home sales. There are probably still people who question if homes actually sell in winter, but a Fox Business article published December 12, 2013 gives tips to help people sell their homes that can be of help as residents want to sell their Fort St. John real estate.
As international investments dollars pour into the peace country, workers are required to move into the area to meet the work load and Fort St. John will continue to grow. While it is true that winter may seem like an odd time to buy or sell a home, keep in mind that people looking for a house at this time of the year are also in dire need of a place to buy.
Homeowners can boost the value of their homes by increasing the curb appeal, yes even in the dead of winter a home can have curb appeal. In the month of December, hang Christmas lights and check the roof for ice dams. Shovel off the ridiculous amount of snow from the driveway and sidewalks to create a well cared for appearance. Think of it this way keeping the snow cleared in the winter is the same as mowing the lawn in summer. Spruce up the interior with crisp paint to create a homey feeling. In January remove the Christmas lights and seasonal decoratons.
Leave the Lights On
One of the starkest differences between selling a home in winter and in summer is the hours of daylight available. As days in the winter are extremely shorter, it pays to have all your lights on for scheduled showings to greet potential buyers with a cheerful looking home.
"You can apply the same idea to the inside of your house too. Make sure that the heat is on several hours before buyers arrive and that the place is clean and smells fresh.First impressionsare everything in real estate so you really want to "wow" buyers when they pull up to your house and walk inside."
Preparing your home for sale will help you get top dollar and attract a larger more motivated group of buyers. Ensuring that you have the upper hand negotiating the sale of your home is even more important than staging. Scott Sauer a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Action Realty (cell 1 250 794 1515) is a master negotiator and will fight for every dollar on your behalf like it was his own home he was selling.
Real estate in Fort St. John is a hot commodity! There is an acute shortage of good homes for sale. Give yourself the advantage and call Scott Sauer 1 250 794 1515 to help you buy or sell your next home.
(Article Excerpt and Image from 3 Tips for Selling Your House in the Off-Season, Fox Business, December 12, 2013)