Putting your home on the market in December and during the colder months doesn’t sound like much fun.
Keep in mind that there are advantages when you list you home during the holiday season and colder months that might position you for an amazing sale.
Deck The Halls With A Light Touch
Emotion is a big part of home buying and you can capitalize on that this time of year. Go light on all the holiday accents, because your taste may not match someone else's preferences.
Just remember that a little jolly touch will look inviting, but an explosion of red and green everywhere will look cluttered. One person’s “merry” is another person’s “tacky”, so less-is-more with the holiday goodies.
Of course, you can put up a tree. Just make sure it’s not so big around at the base that it dwarfs the area, making the room appear to be small.
Add a few decorations here and there, just don't go overboard. Go light because then you'll probably never go wrong.
Curb Appeal Is Still Critical
The same minimal touch goes for your outside decorating, too. Rein in any Clark Griswold impulses to have the house on your street covered with the most lights this year.
Instead, a pretty wreath on the door or a string of lights accentuating the shape of the roof line are good choices. A big blow-up snowman... not so much. Another possible plus: a blanket of snow could make your home look like a winter wonderland and you don’t have to spend lots of time getting the lawn and flower beds in shape.
As Always, You Need To Have An Amazing Online Presence
The majority of shoppers look online to select and plan which homes for sale to see in person.
You want your agent to make sure your home shows great online with excellent photos of beautifully staged rooms. Including a video tour with your listing is a big plus for potential buyers who can’t get there in person during a snowstorm.
Competition During The Holidays
Lots of people are reluctant to sell their homes during this time of year, so the housing inventory is smaller.
FACT: Selling your home during the colder months increases your chance of quicker sale due to lower inventory. Additionally, if someone is house hunting during and just after the holidays, they are likely more motivated.
Create A Holiday-Friendly Schedule For Showings
If you are travelling during the holidays, showings are easy. Keep the heat on so the house hunters are happy, and enjoy a little peace of mind that your home will be checked on while you are away.
When you’re home, set black-out dates so you can enjoy holiday celebrations without interruption. It’s okay to have limited availability this time of year. Most people will understand.
Selling your home during the holidays can be an amazing experience. The Home Sale Power Team is here to make all go smoothly for you. Contact us to learn more