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Listing Your Home During the Winter Months? Pros & Cons

The age-old conundrum of listing a home now or waiting until the spring …is explored.

If you are a Main Line area homeowner struggling with the decision about whether listing your home for sale during the winter months is good or bad, there are arguments for either choice.

Let’s start with the “pros”:

One of the best things we like about listing your home for sale in the winter months is that the holidays work to your advantage.  Nothing says “home” better than a house that is well (and tastefully!) decorated for the holidays. By making sure the decorations accent the house rather than overpower it, you still funnel attention where it belongs: on your house!

Another plus that comes with listing your home on The Main Line during the winter months is the logistical reasons that keep the proportion of non-serious “shoppers” from occupying your time. We find that the majority of those who are looking for homes during the winter months are disproportionally intent on actually buying a home.

On the other hand, some of those same logistical forces serve as counterarguments against listing your home during the winter. They are the same reasons many real estate agents tell their clients to wait until the spring to list. It’s true that there are fewer daylight hours for home viewings…not to mention spates of bad weather, and the greater chance that holiday travel will interfere with both buyer and seller schedules. 

All in all, we think the arguments cancel each other out: we don’t advise you to allow the time of year to prevent you from listing your home in any season. If you are otherwise ready to sell your home this month or next, we say -- make the most of the season! Who knows – it has happened more than once that the right buyer is out there right now. Lone and I have marketing plans for Main Line homes that work every month of the year -- if you are ready to sell, we’d be delighted to help you launch your sale this winter!

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