It may be the "off season" in the local real estate market, or simply a period of downtime for homebuyers, as many prepare to purchase a home in the upcoming spring and summer seasons. More and more homebuyers are looking to purchase homes on the Eastern Panhandle this year and home sellers can stage their properties to play to buyer interests. After all, Eastern Panhandle real estate is bought and sold during all months of the year. With these tips, you might just hook a homebuyer before the busy spring buying season— now is actually a great time to buy before mortgage rates and housing prices increase further.
Stage for the Season
Just because the weather is dull this time of year doesn't mean your homes in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, and Hedgesville need to reflect that. Be sure your walkway is clear of snow and ice as winter conditions may make buyers hesitant or look poorly on a home that doesn't appear safe or accessible. You can easily play up the lack of seasonal ambiance with decorations as well. Homes that have nice lighting, new outdoor fixtures, tasteful decor such as wreaths or topiaries tend to show better than those who let the brown grass steal a buyer's focus.
Leave the Lights On
Buyers want to feel at home when visiting homes for sale on the Eastern Panhandle. You might consider putting your outdoor lights on a timer and setting your indoor lights to a warm, low glow. Especially this time of year when it gets darker earlier, having the lights on for a homebuyer who may be visiting will help the home look inviting and bright, instead of dark and gloomy. Aside from lighting, be sure the home smells fresh and clean and that it's warm enough for the weather that day. Is it chilly? Be sure it has time to warm up to make an impact on a buyer's first impression. When they walk into the home, you want them to feel comfortable.
Set Your Home Apart
During this time of year, there are not as many homebuyers are there are during the spring and summer months. There also aren't as many homes for sale in Jefferson County and Berkeley County. Chances are when a homebuyer is looking to buy during the winter months, they need to move quickly due to relocation or big changes— be prepared to deal with serious inquiries at this time. According to AOL Real Estate, "when there's less competition out there, you can end up getting more for your property if you're willing to go that extra mile."
Put Yourself in the Buyer's Shoes
This is always a good idea when preparing to list West Virginia real estate. Examine your property for any flaws, anything that might catch your eye as a home buyer and turn you away. How does the home feel? Does it feel cluttered or congested? Move the furniture to help open up the spaces. Does it look outdated? Consider painting to neutral colors before you list the home. When you take a look at your home through buyer's eyes, you'll be able to make necessary changes that might just move the home sale along.
Have more home seller questions? Ready to purchase a new home before the busy buying season? Contact the Kable Team today!
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