What's the Best Time of Year to put a House on the Market?
A common question I get asked as a real estate agent is “what is the best time to put a house on the market?” The fact of the matter is, it depends. Below I break down the different variables to consider when choosing a time to put your house on the market.
The first thing to consider is location. What region are you selling your home in? A state like Florida that sees the sun almost all year round? Or a four-season-state like Michigan, that gets hit with really hot summers and extremely cold winters?
If you fall into the latter category and experience both the extremes of the summer and the winter, then your best bet is to sell your home during springtime, as people are not hibernating from the cold or gone for summer vacation.
However regardless of region, it is always important to think “when will my house get the most attention in the calendar year?”
In this sense, you should also consider the holidays. Whether you are in a region that is mild or extreme, keep in mind that during the holiday season in December and January, many people are focused on family, spending money on gifts and planning holiday parties. That said, almost no one is thinking of uprooting when they have gifts to throw under the tree!
On the opposite spectrum of the calendar year, summertime is meant to relax, escape the every day to-dos and hit the beach. A majority of people, therefore, are not interested in moving boxes — they want to enjoy the sun!
Lastly, keep in mind the aesthetic of your home. Since photos are a key component to the home-selling process. Therefore, taking photos when the flowers are blooming and the sun is out is a lot more appealing to the eye than if they were taken during the dead of winter when it’s grey and gloomy.
But what if you have no choice but to sell your home during an inopportune time like December? This is where a good real estate agent comes in. Please contact me today and we can discuss questions like this and more as you prepare to put your home on the market.