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Selling Your Home in the Off-Season? 4 Tips to Beat the Odds

Written by Posted On Friday, 07 December 2018 08:04

There is no wrong time to list your home, but you need to be more aggressive during certain times of the year. You may have to engage in additional steps in order to get your house sold during the off-season. Here are some tips that can help you to beat the odds when it comes to getting your house sold quicker. 

Don’t Price It Too High 
The price point of your home can help to drive up more interest in it. This can mean that you need to price it lower during the time of year when demand is lower. A high-priced home when there are fewer buyers looking to relocate can cause your home to sit on the market for a longer period of time. Hitting the right price point will be dictated by the time of year, interest rates on mortgages, and the condition of the home in relation to similar homes on the market. 

Factor In Curb Appeal 
The outside of your home is the first thing that will draw a buyer into it. Enhancing your curb appeal could result in more people wanting to come and see your home. Touching up the paint, cleaning the roof and gutters, and pruning back landscaping are all ways that you can improve the curb appeal of your home. Adding in these little touches will help to attract a potential buyer. 

Get It Clean 
Cleanliness and open space help to sell your home. It can be off-putting to potential buyers to walk into a home that has obvious maintenance issues and is full of someone else's things. Another thing that you'll want to factor in is pest and rodent control. Seeing signs of an infestation could cause your home to go unsold or to receive offers that are much lower than you anticipated. 

Increase Visibility 
The visibility of your home also increases your chances of getting it sold. For example, listing your home on all of the major online portals will improve your chances of the right buyer seeing it. The more views that you have can often translate into a quicker sale for the right price point. In some markets, you may get multiple offers that could drive up the sale price. 

The volatility of the real estate market can be a limiting factor in you being able to sell your home. This can leave you facing a predicament if you want to list your home during the off-season. Take these steps so that you can get it sold as quickly as possible with the least amount of fuss.

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Lizzie Weakley

 About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.

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