seem counter-intuitive, but buying a home in winter – from house-hunting, to
getting all your worldly belongings from point A to point B – can actually be
easier, cheaper and more convenient than any other time of the year. Here’s why
the colder, darker months of the year could actually be a bright spot for
buyer’s market (sometimes)
always been considered the best time to put a house on the market. Warmer
weather inspires buyers to get out and hit the open house circuit, while
gardens and outdoor areas tend to show better when they’re not covered in three
feet of snow. However, there will always be sellers who need to list their
homes in the dead of winter. You’re at a distinct advantage if you’re out
pounding the pavement while other would-be homeowners are busy hibernating.
Less buyers means less bidding wars, less stress, and more chances for you to
score the house of your dreams.
estate agents are less busy
months are prime buying-and-selling times, so it makes sense that the busiest
time for most real estate agents is April through September. The rest of the
year, though? Not so much. Make the most of the slow period and work with an
agent who can give 100 per cent of their attention and help you explore all
your options. You’ll both be happy when you end up with the perfect home.
sellers put their houses on the market during the winter months, there’s
usually a time-sensitive reason like a new job in a different city, or a baby
on the way. Whatever the case, they’re often motivated to sell quickly and
close the deal with minimal hassle. Luckily for you, this translates into
possible savings. Sellers might accept a low-ball offer when they’re not
flooded with other options, or a closing date that fits your schedule. They
bottom line? Don’t be afraid to negotiate.
companies might be cheaper
spring and summer, you don’t have to book a rental truck or moving company weeks
(or even months) in advance. It’s pretty easy to score movers and
transportation in the off-season, it might just be cheaper also. Moving and
rental-truck companies usually offer winter discounts to entice customers, and
you can even book weekends – which tends to be impossible in June, July and
August – rather than take time off work to get the job done.
are easier to book
looking to have your new place professionally painted before you move in or
need an expert to install that gorgeous vintage chandelier, you’ll have an
easier time booking tradespeople in the off season. Like movers, tradespeople
tend to be less busy in the colder months, when homeowners aren’t as focused on
home improvement. You won’t necessarily score crazy deals, but most painters,
electricians, and repair technicians will be more than happy to accommodate.
Where do you get started? The first step you should take is talking to a trusted Winnipeg Mortgage Broker at One Link about getting pre-approved. Let us help you get started on your path to owning a home. Call 204-954-7620, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click HERE to apply online today!