Should you sell your home during the Christmas season? | Surrey REALTOR gives you early presents

So it's December, and you, well, you want to put your house up for sale, but your problem is, well, it's snowing and the weather is not great, and you probably got your Christmas decorations up. You got presents, and you got the fireplace set up, and the stocking just like us, you've got your Christmas tree up too. So if you are going to sell your home in December, we're going to talk about all the things that you need to know to be successful, to take into consideration and to help you win. Here we go. So you want to sell your home, it's Christmas time, and maybe it's snowing outside, or in Vancouver, maybe it's raining, but it's Christmas season. You've got the stuff out all over the house and you want to move. But here's your problem. You don't know if it’s a good time to do it. So solution. Watch this video. You're going to know all about it.. 

OK on to the good stuff. So you want to sell your home, it's Christmas time or it's near Christmas time, but you're worried about whether it's the right time to do it. This video is all about talking about the pros and cons of selling your home during the Christmas season and everything that you need to consider to make sure that in the end you're successful. So start with the positives. One of the first things I can really think of about what's really great about doing it. 

The Christmas season is, hey, look it You want to move and you don't want to put your plans on hold forever. So actually putting your home up on the market during the season gets everything jump started so you can move on with your life and move forward. One of the other great features of it is you're actually home right now. So when it comes time to getting the home ready for showings whether you need to do minor repairs around the house, or just get generally prepared for showings by cleaning up and making sure that the kids are out, the dogs are out and all that sort of stuff. It's a lot easier on you because maybe you got some holidays coming up as well. 

The two of my favorite things that really make it a great time of year, though, is both you have less competition and also anybody that's coming through your house right now is probably pretty serious about buying a property. A lot of people you see wait till either the spring or the fall to put their house up for sale on the market, just because that's what people are trained to do.

This means that not only do you have a chance to be not only the new kid on the street or on the block during the Christmas season, but you also might be the only kid on the block. This means you're going to be competing against less sellers with homes similar to yours, which means there might be more buyers who are willing to give you offers. More buyers maybe means multiple offers and possibly more money. If you think about the weather and the type of environment of buying a home in the December month or early January, well, it's snowing out maybe like it is today, or if you live in Surrey, it’s probably raining, but it's dark early, the weather is cold. It's not necessarily nice out, and people have plans as well. So if there's buyers out there that are wanting to come into your home to take a look at it during the month of December, there's probably a really good chance that they are very serious about buying a home. Very serious buyers means very serious offers. So if you're thinking of selling your home, December might be a great time. 

Now. There's also some cons to selling your home during the Christmas season that you're probably going to want to consider one of my favorites and unfortunately funniest ones that you see out there as a realtor helping buyers and sellers all the time is it instantly dates your listing. Let me give you an example. It's snowing outside. And if we have the photography done for your house on a day that's snowing, your information is completely dated. This means the longer your home potentially sits on the market, the more buyers know that it’s been sitting on the market. Ideally, you want to try to avoid having things like Christmas trees or Christmas decorations or snow in the front of your house on your listing.

Marketing this way, you've got some material that's not only evergreen, but also helps protect you if you end up being on the market for a longer period of time. One of the other challenges that you may run into is that generally a lot of other trades and services aren't overly available during the Christmas holidays. This means your lawyer, your notary, your mortgage broker, or if you need minor repairs done around the home by maybe an electrician or an HVAC or a plumber. They might be a little difficult to try and pin down and actually get to show up. 

Also, one of the pros we mentioned earlier was being home. But again, that’s also one of the cons. You're home, you're relaxing, you're trying to kick your feet up and enjoy a little bit of your holiday. And when people want to show your home, not only does it have to be very clean and look great, but you got to get out. We don't want you in the home when buyers are looking at your home because it needs to feel like theirs and not like yours. That means you got to go out in the rain, out in the cold, and you're burning some of that precious holiday time on being out of your house. 

The last thing to consider is safety. And while we've never had anything stolen from any of our listings and never had a problem and hope we never do, this is something that everybody needs to be concerned about. You've got pictures out of your family everywhere, and you've got stuff underneath the tree. While most Realtors are qualifying, every single buyer, they come to look at a property with, what the unfortunate thing is, we don't always know them personally. So while it isn't something that would be overly common, it is something that you still should consider when putting your home up for sale during the holiday season, so that's it. 

From my experience, those are the pros and the cons of putting your home for sale during the Christmas season. Can you think of anything that might be either great or detrimental when you're a home seller, please? If so, leave it in the comments so other people can read it and understand. 

At The Germyn Group, we know you only got one chance to either buy or sell your next home, so we're here to help you get it right.

Thanks for watching and happy holidays.

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