Expert Advice - Making a Winter Move

The temperature has dropped… Winter is upon us here in Saskatchewan … So we know all too well that the weather can change at the drop of a hat!!! There are many myths associated with winter and real estate and we at Peakman Group want to reassure you that no matter the season, the real estate market remains hot. Our market does not cool off like the weather.

As you sit cozied up searching for homes on, trying to determine what the “right time” is to take the next step and get your home ready to sell, know that there is never a “perfect time”. There are always people looking to make a move. It is common to hear that spring/summer are the most opportune times to list and sell a home. In reality, the winter months of which there are many, can offer a great advantage when both selling and buying homes. Here’s your Peakman Group Perspective on Making a Winter Move.

In the winter months, especially here in Saskatchewan, the general rule of thumb is there are fewer homes listed for sale during this time. However, this does not mean there are fewer people looking. Fewer homes for sale means buyers have less choices, which could mean more exposure for your home.

The first impression of your home is still very important, no matter the season.

Keep paths and driveways free of snow and ice. Once inside, make sure the buyers will enjoy their tour by keeping a comfortable temperature. Create an ambience by having the fire going or the fresh smell of baked bread or cookies wafting through the kitchen. Create an atmosphere that entices buyers to move on in!

Hiring a REALTOR® to help you get the most exposure for your home and assist you through the whole transaction is by far the best decision you can make in any season. We will take care of the legalities, paperwork, showings, and help to ensure you get the best price for your current home and best value in your new home.

After you’ve accepted an offer & located your future home – crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s, it’s time to plan your move! Will you be hiring a moving company or moving yourselves? Hiring professionals during the winter can be beneficial because they are usually less busy which means more flexible scheduling available. Although it is an added expense, movers are a convenient solution to assist you in any season.

Whether you’ve hired help or decided to do it on your own – we’ve got a few tips and tricks to make things easier. Maximize your daylight hours. Get a jump-start early in the day because you will run out of sunlight faster than you think.  Trust me - you don’t want to be trying to load or unload vehicles when it’s cold and dark out. Dress Warm and in layers – you can always remove some if you’re too hot. Having hot beverages on hand makes the cold more bearable. Most importantly, protect your possessions. Using plastic boxes may be a great winter option as cardboard boxes can end up covered in snow which will melt and could wreck the contents inside. The last thing you want is damaged belongings arriving at your new place.

We hope this list helps reassure you that moving during the winter is not as much of a nightmare as you’re anticipating. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to call one of our experts for answers 306.790.3644. For a list of professional moving companies and other service providers we trust, download Peakman Group’s App today. 

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