Believe it or not, the holiday season can be a great time to sell your home. Why? First of all, there is typically less inventory on the market, allowing your home to easily stand out among the available inventory. And though there may be fewer buyers overall, the buyers that are looking, are far more serious about finding a home in a shorter time frame. So make your home warm and inviting, and open it up to those looking to buy, because selling your home during the holidays might be your best present this year.
Stage for the Holidays
Yes, you should absolutely decorate your home during the holidays even if you are trying to sell it. You don’t want to use every decoration or ornament you’ve ever owned, but some nice Christmas touches add to the charm. Whatever sold you on your home when you first bought it is most likely the same feature(s) that will sell your house this holiday season. Your home may have large windows with a great view or maybe your home has a dream kitchen. So, don’t cover up your view with an excessively large Christmas tree, or overload your kitchen with knickknacks. Clean and tasteful is the key!
Price Your Home to Sell
You and your listing agent will come up with a pricing strategy together based on comparable homes in the area. Ultimately, several variables go into pricing one’s home to sell. Real Estate professionals have the tools to guide you through the pricing process and are essential to pricing your home for a quick sale.
Make Curb Appeal a Top Priority
Your neighborhood may actually look more appealing to homebuyers during the holiday season. You don’t want to go overboard with your exterior holiday decorations, but you do want to make your house shine. Furthermore, your lawn may not be that lush green it usually is during the summertime, and your trees may currently be barren. That’s why making your curb appeal a top priority is necessary when selling your home in winter.
Keep your Property Safe
Often, driveways and walking paths are blanketed in snow and ice, and icicles hang from gutters like glass curtains. The only thing one can really do is be proactive and break out that snow shovel and start clearing a path. If you’re expecting snow on an almost weekly basis, then it might be best to hire out professionals to come by every day and make sure your driveway, front steps, and any walking paths are cleared for people touring your home.
Turn On the (Holiday) Lights!
To complement the coziness of your home, you’ll also want to make it bright. It may be the darkest time of year outside, but you can make sure it doesn’t feel that way inside your home. This is a great time to replace burned-out light bulbs and fix light switches that are not working. You may also want to consider making all your interior lighting the same color temperature, such as soft white, which brightens rooms without giving you that institutional feel. This will help with consistent lighting throughout your home.