Moving in the summertime is appealing for a number of reasons. Not only is the weather nicer and the days longer, you can take advantage of vacation days and get your family settled in before school starts in the fall. If you’re planning to move in the summer, now is the time to start your home search. It’s ideal to start looking in the spring if summer is your ideal moving time. And if you’re planning to put your home up for sale, spring is also an excellent time to hit the market. Take a look at why you should buy and sell in the spring for a summer move.
The Benefits of Shopping in Spring to Move in the Summer
If you’re planning for a summer move, it’s ideal to start looking for your home in late winter/early spring- about three to six months ahead of time. This gives you adequate time to search for a home that has all your must-haves, in a neighbourhood that serves your family’s needs. The real estate market is similar to the retail market, where you see fashions coming out ahead of time- in February, you’ll see spring and summer pieces, and if you wait around to shop in the summer, there’s nothing left. How wonderful would it be to get a part of the home buying process done, so you can fully enjoy summer, knowing exactly where you’ll be living!
The Timing Is Right
If you have kids, make sure to factor in the timing of school ending and starting. Moving into a new house is stressful as it is but having to schedule it around school pick-ups and drop-offs, packing, after-school sports, and graduations can be a nightmare! The summer is a great time to move since you won’t have to worry about school, and to execute the perfect summer move, you should start house shopping now so you’re ready to make a decision around April. This will give you time to settle into your new home and get comfortable before the start of the school year.
More Housing Inventory
Spring is a great time to look for your next home because the number of property listings skyrocket at this time. You’ll have plenty of options to check out in a variety of neighbourhoods, whether you’re looking to buy in Brampton, Etobicoke, the Kingsway or elsewhere in Toronto and the GTA.
If you’re looking to put your house up for sale, spring is also prime time. While it does mean there’s more competition, it also means more buyers are on the hunt. Warmer weather makes people more motivated to hop from house to house to see what’s on the market, so you’re sure to have lots of buyers coming through. Homes also tend to show better in the spring, once the snow has melted and the flowers have started to bloom. Curb appeal plays an important factor since it’s the first impression people get of your home, so the more well-groomed your home exterioris, the better.
Every year at AskNina, we sell several homes with an average six month closing time, so if you’re planning on moving in the summer, it’s time to start the search. If you sell now with a longer closing, you’ll have more time to find your dream home! Reach out to us at AskNina if you’re thinking of selling or buying your home by summer!