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House Selling in Fall and Winter

If you are selling your house during Fall or Winter different rules apply. For one the market is more difficult and less buyers are out there. The weather is also an important factor to consider when selling your house. Snow and rain can damper your efforts to successfully sell your house. Every time it snows your house and the property overall changes the appearance and leaves a lot to the imagination of the potential buyers when stopping by for a showing. Green grass and beautiful trees make it easy during spring and summer to sell a house, but during winter that does not work. If you already know during summer that you are eventually selling your house in Winter, take pictures… lots of them.

Many home selling websites like realtor.com and others allow the seller to upload pictures and that is a great opportunity to use those pictures. They allow the potential buyers to get an impression of how the house would like during the warm season. Compare a listing with lots of pictures to one that has no pictures at all or only a few pictures with snow on it. Yours will definitely sell better.

Other things to consider is the curb appeal. In my case as an example our house was listed for sale and a professional photographer was scheduled to come out to take pictures and then it started snowing 5 days before the photo shooting was scheduled. We got about 2.5 ft. of snow and so it would delay taking pictures and we would lose a lot of time selling the house. Have you ever seen somebody shoveling the snow off the grass? Well, that is exactly what I did and by the time the photographer came over the grass was free of snow and looked pretty. I even climbed up on the roof and shoveled the roof. It all looked kind of funny. All houses on the block had snow in their front yard and on the roof except mine. The photographer knew how to work the camera and only the picture of the backyard had snow on it. We replaced that with a picture I had taken during summer and so none of the pictures showed that we had a major snow storm shortly before the pictures were taken.

Fall is a very busy time for any homeowner trying to sell a house. Leafs are falling and the yard will look messy if nobody is raking the leafs. Since the leafs are not all falling down at the same time the homeowner should go outside several times and rake leafs and clean up. If you do it and then compare your property to the ones where nobody rakes leafs and cleans up, you can see the huge difference.

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