How to Prepare Your Home for a Holiday Sale
December is the most wonderful time of the year for many people, and for many magical reasons! The local landscape looks like a winter wonderland, the city sidewalks are dressed in holiday style, and there are plenty of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Yep, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when you encounter all of these and more holiday staples!
But there is one thing that people don’t love about the holiday season. No, we’re not talking about the sometimes overwhelmingly cold temperatures as Jack Frost nips at your nose! Instead, we are referring to the state of the real estate market. The holiday season from November through January is usually considered the worst time to put your home on the market.
But believe it or not, this often-tricky circumstance is not impossible to navigate through. After all, there are plenty of ways that you can still sell your home during the holiday season. Remember-this season does have its advantages. Not only do holiday buyers tend to be more serious, but at this time of year, the competition tends to be less fierce as fewer homes are being actively marketed. That being said, a few helpful hints on how you can quickly sell your home for the price you want couldn’t hurt!
Here’s what you can be doing to prepare to sell your home this winter.
Deck the Halls…To A Point
Every house looks its best during the holiday season, but HGTV advises that sellers should be careful not to overdo it when it comes to festive decor. Adornments that are too large or too many decorations can crowd your home and distract buyers from the great features of your home. Decking the halls also means paying attention to the exterior of your home-make sure outdoor paint is touched up, gutters are cleaned, and your yard looks attractive (holiday lights, anyone?). It’s also best to make sure stairs and walkways are properly shoveled and free of snow and ice.
Make it Warm and Cozy
Is there anything better than coming in from the cold and into a beautiful and warm house? Walking into a home that is properly heated is going to give your buyers something to remember; they’ll associate the house later with comfort and warmth. Bonus points if you have a fireplace and have the fire going during open houses and private showings!
Price it Right
Is there a better Christmas present to receive than an accepted offer on your house? From the buyer’s point of view, is there a better Christmas present to receive than the home of their dreams priced right? Instead of having your home sit on the market for an extended time and gradually making small price reductions, it’s best to slash the home’s price before it goes on the market. That way, you’re more likely to get an offer above the asking price.
The holiday season is known for weather outside that’s frightful, dazzling light displays, and dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh. But for those looking to sell their home, the holiday season is also about making their house appealing to buyers during the most wonderful time of the year. But by following these simple tips, Santa can get you an extra special present this holiday season – an accepted offer on your home!
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