Most people will tell you that the holidays are the perfectly wrong time to sell your home. However, there can be some major advantages to having your house listed during the fall and winter holidays.
Many that are selling their home will have taken it off the market until after the New Year and into the spring. This could be an opportunity to have your home highlighted, rather than being lost in a list of homes for sale. Buyers looking during the holiday season are often thought to be more serious than those browsing in the spring or summer months. Take advantage of this opportunity! Here are some ideas to use the fall and winter holidays to sell your home.
Dress it Up
The holiday season typically means festive décor is strewn about the house. It is perfectly acceptable to use holiday decorations to make your home more charming! Use classy holiday decorations that are not specific to any religion – you do not want to turn buyers off. Keep it simplistic, as too many Santa statues can make your home look crowded.
Do Some Baking
There is no home more inviting than one that smells like freshly baked holiday cookies. Use all the holiday smells to your advantage to make prospective buyers feel at home as soon as they walk in the door.
Light it Up
In addition to any holiday lighting you choose, ensure all your bulbs are new throughout your home. The fall and winter holidays occur during a time of year that is darker than the spring and summer months. Make sure your home is bright inside and out.
Keep Walks Clear
While landscaping and yard work have taken a hiatus for the year in most places, selling your home in the winter months requires you to be attentive to your curb appeal. In bad weather, ensure all your walks and driveways are clear. If you have issues with mud or ponding water, find landscaping ideas to deal with those.
Have a Party
You might be surprised by how many of your friends or coworkers are looking for a new home. Take advantage of the holidays as an excuse to have them all over and show off your beautiful abode. Make it an open invitation party to ensure friends of friends make it, as well. In a case like this, it is certainly “the more, the merrier.”
The holiday season is a less traditional home selling time of year. It can be daunting as it may take longer to sell your home during these periods. However, it is possible to take advantage of the quiet selling market and make your home truly stand out.