Selling Your Home This Winter
Selling your home in the winter can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can increase your chances of finding a buyer and getting top dollar for your home.
1. Ignoring curb appeal
Curb appeal is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer. Make sure that your landscaping is well-maintained. Add some pops of color with a seasonal wreath or potted plants to make your home look inviting.
2. Letting your home feel cold and dark
Winter days are short, so it’s important to make your home feel warm and inviting. Open up the curtains and blinds to let in as much natural light as possible. Use lamps and candles to create a cozy atmosphere.
3. Not pricing your home competitively
Winter is a buyer’s market, so you need to price your home competitively. Work with your real estate agent to determine a fair price that will attract buyers without undervaluing your home.
4. Not decluttering and staging your home
A cluttered and unstaged home will make it difficult for buyers to envision themselves living there. Take the time to declutter your home and stage it to show off its best features.
5. Not being flexible with showings
Buyers are more likely to schedule showings on weekends and evenings in the winter when they have more free time. Be flexible with your showing schedule to accommodate buyers’ needs.
6. Not being patient
It may take longer to sell your home in the winter, so be patient. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get an offer right away. Just keep your home on the market and continue to market it to buyers.
Winter Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid
Do you know the common winter home selling mistakes? Selling your home in winter presents a unique set of challenges. There are still buyers out there, which means there is a good chance you can sell your home for a great price.
But to do so, you will need to avoid the most common mistakes sellers make in the season of snow and cold temperatures.
While the blunders below pertain to the winter season, there are also other mistakes sellers make when selling a home in every other season as well. Be a well-informed homeowner and avoid all of these potential problems for a much smoother sale.
In fact, take a look at some of the best tips for selling a home in the winter. The advice found here will go a long way in helping you sell for top dollar in an expeditious time frame.
Keep in mind there is a mindset that buying a home in the winter is advantageous for those looking for a new place.
You will need to be on top of your game to ensure you sell your home for the money it deserves to command.
Avoid these winter home-selling mistakes, and you will be well on your way to accomplishing your goals… READ MORE
The Unexpected Benefits of Selling Your Home in the Winter
The consensus is that the warmer months are the best time to sell a home. However, this doesn’t mean that the winter season should be overlooked. If you’re a home seller contemplating timing, winter months offer unique advantages that can put you ahead in the real estate market. From encountering serious buyers to benefiting from less competition, winter could be the optimal period for you to say goodbye to your current home.
Unearthing Serious Buyers in Winter
The summer months may bring in more homes and prospective buyers, but the winter offers quality over quantity. Fewer people may brave bad weather to attend open houses, but those who do are often committed and ready to make competitive offers. During winter, fewer potential buyers might be touring, but those who do are often more motivated… READ MORE
Ralene Nelson, REALTOR
JUST LISTED – 518 American Falls Dr, Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,689sqft/4,948sf
$450,000 – Located in Trilogy at Rio Vista, the active adult community, beautiful Hillsborough model. As you enter you will note the owner’s pride of ownership. This Hillsborough model is 2 bedroom, 2 baths, with a 25 yr solar lease. The owner has, for the most part, made this an all-electric home, with the exclusion of hot water heater. The entry & kitchen have tile floors, the great room is laminate & bedrooms/den are carpeted. Granite kitchen with stainless appliances, pantry & pendant lighting fixtures over the island. The patio wraps around with sidewalks on both sides of the home. The seller has installed a sink with cabinets in the garage with overhead storage too. All appliances convey so just bring your furniture and enjoy all the amenities, 2 pools/spas, tennis & bocce courts, billiards, gym, golf, & various clubs. There is something for everyone. READ MORE
FOR SALE – 667 W Tyler Island Bridge Rd, Isleton
Country Living, owns a little bit of the Delta, close to the Sacramento River, so get your fishing rod ready or those water toys. Built on a 1/4 acre, the 3 bedroom 1 bath has so much potential. The bath has been remodeled with a new subfloor, LVP flooring, tub/shower & basin cabinet. Partial dual pane windows & 1 bedroom has slider to the back yard. Room for vegetable garden & chicken coop included, so have fresh eggs & vegetables every day. Newer gas stove & refrigerator included as well as washer/gas dryer. The workshop & shed do not have electricity. Although the home does not have central air, the seller has installed 2 newer wall air conditioners that provide ample cool air for the entire home. Hot water heater was replaced in January of 2023. The forced air heater has been serviced every year. Septic is fenced for safety & leach lines run down each side of the workshop. The home will have new interior paint. Pictures are to be taken when the home is ready for show. READ MORE
PRICE CHANGE – 718 Allender Way, Rio Vista
PRICE CHANGE $535,000 – As you approach this gorgeous home, it radiates pride of ownership. The driveway has been extended with new concrete on both sides of the home. New exterior paint with newer drought-resistant landscaping w/new walkway to front door & drip system w/timer. As you step inside, the home has new interior paint, baseboards & LVP flooring throughout. The kitchen has painted cabinets with quartz counters, a stainless sink & refrigerator. Then step out to the newly landscaped backyard w/new patio, custom pergola, 8 X 12 pool, security fence & all new perimeter fencing, as well as french drains from back to front. The primary bath has painted cabinets, new mirrors & light fixtures. His & Her closets with a barn door that provides bath privacy. The home has all-new light fixtures, hardware, a whole house fan, water filtration & softener, & reverse osmosis, and electric vehicle chargers. Just bring you furniture & enjoy this move-in ready home and bask in the sun with a BBQ. Room for RV parking. A solar lease is only $89 a month, 25 yr lease & transferable. Just bring your furniture and enjoy!! Rio Vista is a quaint little located in the heart of the Delta, close to San Francisco, wine country, and Sacramento. Enjoy water sports, fishing & duck hunting. MORE INFO
FOR SALE – 500 Coronado Way, Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/2,048sqft
$529,500 – Don’t miss out on this stunning Burlingame model, located on a corner lot with minimal exposure to rear neighbors. The entrance has been upgraded with stamped/dyed concrete as well as, the 2 rear patios. This home has great curb appeal, & as you step inside, you can feel the warmth from the soft decorating neutral tones & plush carpet. The flex space provides you with additional room for entertaining, both for seating & dining and the gourmet kitchen equipped with stainless appliances for the chef includes an island for bar stools & sink. Extra counter space also provides as excellent spot for a buffet or displaying your treasures. This home has a nook for casual dining & space for a formal dining room table, as well as a den/study. The gas fireplace with w/upgraded mantle in the great room makes for a cozy room too. The primary suite is larger than most and accommodates a king bed with ample room around. Slider to private patio w/privacy screen provides a cozy spot for morning coffee/nightcap. The primary bath has double sinks, a walk-in shower & walk-in closet. The 2nd bedroom is located in front of the home, this provides privacy for both guests & homeowners. Move-in ready, just bring your treasures and join the fun in this Active Adult Community. 2 pools/spas, tennis courts, bocce ball, and billiards. READ MORE
FOR SALE -1.935ac Poppy House Rd. & Norman Richards Dr. Rio Vista
$410,000 – Zoned Commercial, No Cannabis. Contact Ralene Nelson at Re/Max Grupe Gold | BRE# 01503588 | 707.334.0699 | 107 Main St. Rio Vista. WEBSITE
Events in Northern California this Weekend
Ron George’s Big Band Christmas
Sun, Nov 26, 3:00 – 11:59 PM
Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Dr, Vacaville
If you’re a fan of Jazz music and enjoy the excitement of a Big Band, then this is a show you don’t want to miss! Backed by a 17 piece orchestra, Ron George and his group will entertain you with some of the greatest holiday classics ever written. Joining Ron onstage will be Emily Jessen, along with Zach and Aaron George. WEBSITE
Vacaville’s Festival of Trees
Thru Nov 30, 5 PM
Vacaville Museum, 213 Buck Ave, Vacaville
Experience the 33rd Vacaville Festival of Trees, Cocktails for a Cause, and Gala 2023, kindling holiday spirit while raising vital funds for Opportunity House homeless shelter. Admire the exquisite Christmas tree exhibit at the Vacaville Museum and bid in the online auction for your favorite tree. Sample local bartender creations during Cocktails for a Cause. Attend the 2023 Festival of Trees Gala—your participation makes a real impact in our community’s fight against homelessness. WEBSITE
Sunday Sessions @ Smith’s Landing, Antioch
Nov 26 – Dec 17
Smith’s Landing Seafood Grill, 1 Marina Plaza, Antioch, CA
The view from the Smith’s Landings’ deck and bar of the Antioch Marina is spectacular. The music lineup is ready to entertain you. Enjoy Happy Hour Food and Beverage Pricing on Sunday afternoons for Sunday Sessions between 2-5 PM. Watch boats enjoy fresh and tasty food and some of the Bay Area’s best entertainers! No cover charge, plenty of free parking.
2023 Lantern Festival “Magic Forest”
Sun, Nov 26, 5 PM
Banner Island Ballpark, 404 W Fremont St, Stockton
This winter, Stockton Ballpark will be transformed into a magic forest with whimsical creatures and plants that are larger-than-life and glow at night. We invite you to follow the footsteps of an 8-year-old boy named Koda to take on an exciting adventure to the deep woods of Caballococha, Peru.
The lines of reality and imagination start to blur as you weave through the forest. All the larger-than-life art installations are handcrafted by lantern artisans employing the technique of traditional Chinese lantern making which enjoys a history of over 2000 years. Tens and thousands of LED lights, metal and fabric in vibrant colors are used to create an unforgettable winter night light experience. The magic beings when the sun sets, and the forest starts to glow at night. WEBSITE