If it’s the holiday season and you want to sell your Florida home, you might be wondering whether it’s a good time to sell. It’s a valid concern. And, to be honest, it makes sense to think about these things, especially if you have a property to sell.
In this short blog post, we’ll be discussing 4 disadvantages that can affect selling a house during the holiday season. These issues apply to sellers anywhere in the 33055, 33009, 33161, 33014, 33124 zip code and surrounding area.
Many people try to analyze and figure out when the best time to sell is. In many cases in and around the 33055, 33009, 33161, 33014, 33124 zip code area, spring is best, summer and fall are second best, and winter is okay if you market your house wisely. The holiday season, on the other hand, is potentially the most challenging time to sell.
Problems Homeowners Face When Selling During The Holiday Season.
Problem #1. It can be disruptive to your holiday plans!
The holidays are a time for family get-togethers, short breaks away, chilling out in the evenings, and casual socially permitted laziness. You might have extended family over for dinner, or maybe a lovely quiet evening in with your family, drinking hot chocolate and watching classic Christmas movies on TV. Perhaps you use the holidays as an excuse to get away and have a much-needed break. But if a buyer decides they would like to view your home, what choice do you have but to pack everything up and leave while the agent shows your house. You can’t expect an agent to professionally guide buyers through your home while your kids are running around or you’ve got the grandparents over.
Problem #2. Selling during the holidays can be messy
If you get a lot of snow or rain in your area during this time of year, it can be easy to get irritated, with potential buyers tracking in the snow, ice, mud, and dirt from outside as they wander through your home that you’re trying extra hard to keep clean.
Plus, if you have more than one viewing in a day, you’ll have to tidy up any dirt or snow in between buyers.
Problem #3. Selling during the holidays can be cold!
Buyers don’t care that it’s extra cold outside, and you’re trying your best to keep the property lovely and warm for them, so they don’t complain and end up thinking the heatings insufficient. They’ll leave doors open, wander around, checking windows work, and forget to close them again. All the while, you’re covering a massive heating bill keeping the entire property warm, when if it were just you, you’d probably put on an extra jumper and have the heating on in only one room. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about it!
Problem #4. Selling during the holidays can cause delays
You want to sell your Florida house, and we bet you’d probably prefer to sell quickly rather than several months down the road. But potential buyers have their own timeline in mind, and unless your property is outstanding in every way, you won’t be able to rush them. In other words, they might be willing to disrupt YOUR plans over the holidays, but they’ll probably decide to focus on family and make a decision after Christmas. Even if they do make an offer before Christmas, it might be impossible to secure financing from their bank if their branch shuts down several days between December 24th and January 1st.
In this article, we discussed 4 of the main house selling disadvantages during the holiday season. But, there are, in fact, many more. We’re not trying to tell you not to sell your house during the holiday season. You definitely CAN sell over the holiday period, but you’re likely to find it’s neither a convenient nor fast way to sell.
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