Listing Homes in Winter - Which Day to List a Home?

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Listing Homes in Winter - The Day to List a Home?


Many cities are seeing winter weather with ice or snow and listing the home on a day you will get the most traffic can be tricky.     Most homes would do best if you list on Friday for the weekend traffic with most buyers having this time off.     However, last weekend we had a foot of snow predicted.   With this in mind, the Seller and I decided Wednesday was the best day, having three days with no snow.    


Snow Days

We have been lucky to have only one or two days a week with snow, and in between we were seeing 50's, 60's and close to 70.    We are seeing winter now, every couple of days we have storms rolling in, making it more difficult to plan for a new listing.    We are to get another possible 10" starting late today through Wednesday and more over the weekend.  I would prefer not to force potential buyers out onto the streets to get into a home before it is under contract.    This week Friday looks to be the best day with days looking good through mid-Sunday, which should give buyers enough time to get into my new listing.


I have a few buyers looking for homes, and see new listings coming on today - sure hope when this storm hits late today I don't have to be showing homes!     It has been interesting to watch the weather to find just the perfect day to have the professional photos done on two new listings.   Yesterday was full sun even though we have piles of snow!


Do you plan for the best day to put a home on the market with weather taken into consideration?





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Marianne Zahl
The Bob & Ronna Group - Ellicott City, MD

Our typical plan involves completing the staging and photography in advance (we choose a day and will postpone if the weather is not cooperating). An example that pops to mind is a house we have that I just put active yesterday. They have an amazing 33,000 gallon custom swimming pool outside. We knew this listing was "coming" for a few months so we were able to get all the exterior shots in the fall just before they closed up the pool. As a general practice, we put listings on the market on Tuesday's to give them time to populate out to as many websites as possible before the weekend. 

Feb 25, 2015 03:48 AM #14
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


The weather is adding a variable to the buy and sell equation. Listing a home is tough enough let alone planning around weather forecasts. Forecasts here are incorrect so often and would be impossible to plan around.

Feb 25, 2015 04:41 AM #15
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

I've always listed a home the very next day. I like to get it out to the public and Realtors ASAP...

Feb 25, 2015 05:53 AM #16
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Joan: You will laugh but we are under a weather advisory tonight. There is the possibility of a light dusting about 50 miles north of us. ;-)

Feb 25, 2015 06:25 AM #17
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Joan Cox ....I agree ...I seem to be putting people off till the weather breaks ...Spring will be here before you know it!

Have a great night!

Feb 25, 2015 06:31 AM #18
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Anita Clark weather seems to be abnormal all over this year.  Stay safe! 

Feb 25, 2015 07:15 AM #19
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I would LOVE to list on the weekends, but last weekend and this weekend, we are expecting a snowstorm with a foot of snow.   With homes only on the market for a day or two, have to plan a little! 

Feb 25, 2015 07:16 AM #20
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 Wow all we have to worry about is the sun which in itself has been tricky lately here, can only imagine snow storms to factor in for pics! I hope you hae a great day!

Feb 25, 2015 08:25 AM #21
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Joan sounds like you are getting some of which we have been getting for the whole month of February.

Feb 25, 2015 09:34 AM #22
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

George Souto still have not received as much snow as YOU, but we are getting snow every few days now.   Ready for spring!  

Feb 25, 2015 09:47 AM #23
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Joan, our weather has been all over the place as well, we don't have snow, however, our rainy season is equally bad when trying to take pictures or show homes. I like to list Thu or Fri as most are out looking over the weekend.

Feb 25, 2015 10:58 AM #24
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Interesting question . . . . snow can really slow down a real estate market . . . . Working in New jersey for so many years . . . . buyers will come to see homes when it snowing and buy.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 25, 2015 11:07 AM #25
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Joan, Good strategy to list the house based on the weather in winter. Thanks for sharing.

Feb 25, 2015 08:00 PM #26
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't subscribe to the idea that there's a better day to list the home.  I do believe in great pictures and description as well as the rest of the marketing to make a listing generate buyers.

Feb 25, 2015 08:19 PM #27
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Joan Cox ~ I don't like to list on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays. I like to list on Wednesdays and Thursdays, typically. But I've listed when needed on a Saturday afternoon and had three showings booked within an hour and an offer by Monday. I think one can argue a credible case for any number of days in the week.

Feb 25, 2015 09:24 PM #28
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

This is a great question, Joan, and I see you have answers galore.  Nicely done!

Feb 26, 2015 04:11 AM #29
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Joan, We don't see any snow days in San Antonio, so I like to get my listings on the market by Thursdays or Fridays, so we can catch two weekends as a New Listing in our MLS.

Feb 26, 2015 06:23 AM #30
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I prefer to list Tuesadys or Wednesdays so we have everything online and uploaded for weekend showings.

Feb 26, 2015 10:38 AM #31
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

I typically like to list on a Thursday giving me a few days to have my listing populate among the various sites I belong to. Finding a clear day for photos can take a bit of planning and looking at the weather forecasts.

Feb 27, 2015 01:34 AM #32
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Joan Cox

Thirty years of selling real estate and I never have thought of this. Thank you

Feb 28, 2015 11:00 AM #33
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