Tips when selling your home during the Holidays
Minimize Holiday Decorations: Not everyone has the same love of holiday decorations, and poorly maintained, tacky, or overly religious displays can be a turnoff for potential buyers. Keep the seasonal decorations simple and easy to maintain and to a minimum. That applies to the outside as well as the inside of your home.
Keep It Clean: Keeping the home free of tracked-in mud, dirt, and other debris is even tougher in the winter months, and arguably even more important. Vacuum well and vacuum often.
Don't neglect the outside: Bare trees may show areas of your home that are usually hidden; make sure these areas are clean and presentable. Deal with any cosmetic maintenance issues such leafs around the yard, weeds, and dead foliage.
Price it Right: Buyers at this time of year are typically motivated and not interested in dickering. You, as a seller, are probably similarly motivated. Now is not the time to be ambitious with your pricing.
Be Accessible: The holidays make it even more difficult than usual for real estate agents to schedule showings since all parties involved usually have holiday activities and other distractions. Clear your schedule as much as possible to accommodate potential buyers and the ever important showings.
You do want to block off a few dates: You probably are not going to want to show your home on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day – but keep these dates to a minimum and make sure you and your real estate agent are clear about acceptable showing times.
Keep it Cozy: If you live in a cold climate, spend the extra bucks to keep the heat up to a comfortable level. A subtle baking or Christmas tree scent that matches the season is a nice welcoming touch (emphasis on subtle). Make sure the home is nice and bright and light even in the winter.
Show Alternate Times of Year: Your landscaping may look beautiful in the spring and summer, but describing it is a poor substitute for showing it. Have flattering pictures available to use for the listing that shows your beautiful home throughout the year, and if necessary, keep one in the house to show to potential buyers.
Make a Home Video: A video tour of your home during this time of year can be especially useful in convincing reluctant buyers that your house is worth braving the elements to see. I can help shoot the video of home incorporating old videos, photos and new footage so we can show a full year picture of your home!