Angie's List: Off-Season Home Selling - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Angie's List: Off-Season Home Selling

Posted: Updated:

(WKOW) -- If you're planning to sell your home this year, you might want to hurry.  It could be easier to sell your home in the winter than any other season. 

According to industry experts, the combination of fewer sellers and eager buyers make it a great time to list.  "Many people think selling their home in the winter is not a great idea, but if you think about it, there's less competition because there's usually fewer homes on the market. Also, when there are buyers in the market in the winter, they're more motivated because they're not just window shopping," says Angie Hicks, Angie's List Founder. 

"Less competition ultimately is the number one reason for a seller to list in the winter, in the perceptually poorer months," adds real estate broker, Dan Tracy. 

A recent Redfin report showed that winter-listed homes are 9% more likely to sell, and that they sell a week faster than homes listed in other seasons. 

One thing that helps, is a furnace tune-up, so your home feels cozy as soon as prospective buyers are in the door.  "What I like to do is make sure the heat is set at a certain temperature. Maybe that's 72 or 73 degrees - whatever's comfortable for that home so when you walk in, it feels warm and inviting," says Tracy. 

Listing your home now though may require a little more effort, especially if weather takes a turn for the worse.  "If you're showing your house in the winter, you need to be flexible for changing weather conditions, so if you have a showing coming up and snow has just come through, be sure you clear the sidewalks and driveway before you leave your house," says Angie. 

"The last thing you want is for a prospective buyer to love the home and fall on their way out going down the back stairs," adds Tracy. 

Other tips for selling in the winter include sweeping out your fireplace and burning a fire during showings, and cleaning the windows to let in as much natural light in as possible. 

Powered by Frankly