While the holiday season can be stressful enough by itself, trying to sell your home during the busy season can seem like too much to handle. Luckily, if you plan ahead and keep your cool, the process of selling your home during the winter months can go smoothly. Check out these helpful tips to ease your holiday selling stress so you can enjoy the season!
- Prepare Your Home In Advance. If you know that you are going to sell your home during the holidays, the sooner you can get your home ready to be on the market, the better. Before you put your home on the market, start clearing out clutter and personal items such as family photos and knick-knacks and make sure to start cleaning your home from floor to ceiling. Getting these chores out of the way early will give you more time to enjoy the holidays.
- Minimize Holiday Decorations. Not everyone will have the same love of holiday decorations and poorly maintained, tacky, or overly religious displays can be a turnoff for potential buyers. Keep your season decorations simple and easy to maintain. This applies to the outside as well as the inside of your home.
- Keep It Clean. It is important to keep your home neat and tidy for showings, which can be easier said than done when friends and family are frequenting your home for holiday parties. Spending a little extra money on a housekeeper for this hectic season can pay off by saving you time and energy. Don’t forget to keep your home free of tracked-in mud, snow, and other debris during the winter months. Make sure to vacuum well and vacuum often!
- Showings. Make sure to avoid scheduling showings when you have houseguests. Your friends and family won’t be pleased if they have to leave every time a buyer wants to take a look. If you plan on having holiday visitors, let your agent know that these dates are off limits for showings. Be sure to keep your weekends open for showings! Homes tend to show better when it is bright out but with the shorter days, buyers may have less time to squeeze in daytime visits during the work week.
- Prospective Buyers. Don’t be disappointed over a lack of visitors! Fewer people viewing your home doesn’t necessarily mean fewer offers. When you sell a home in the spring, you are likely to get a lot of visits from people who are just casually looking to buy. You may not get as many visitors during the holidays but the ones you do get will be serious about buying.
We hope these tips will help you when preparing your home to sell during the holiday season. If you don’t manage to sell your home during the holiday season, don’t let it get you down. Sales will be sure to pick up as spring approaches. If you have any questions about selling a home, call us today at 614.855.8700!