Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it seems like the Christmas and holiday decorations have started to go up. If you are going to be selling your home this holiday season, I wanted to offer some advice to not deter buyers and to make sure it’s in selling condition.
1. Keep your decorations to a minimum. I know that you love your 15 foot Christmas tree and it’s the focal point of your living room. However, you want to make sure that buyers can see and appreciate each room for what it is. You don’t want rooms in your home to be overshadowed by holiday decorations. Buyers need to know the size and shape of a room and too much stuff can get in the way. This is true with the exterior of the home, as well. Don’t blind your buyers pulling up to your house. Keep it simple. The other reason you don’t want to go overboard is because not everybody celebrates the same holidays that you do. It shouldn’t prevent someone from viewing or purchasing your home, but if you over do it, you could turn some buyers off.
2. Be wary of safety. Make sure all plugs and extension cords and other plugs you have out for your decorations are safely tucked away. Don’t cover staircase railings with decorations where buyers can’t grab on. Hide all of your presents. Don’t leave them out and wrapped under a tree. You could get a curious child unwrapping your gifts before someone can stop them.
3. Make it easy to enter. Keep your driveway shoveled and your walkway clear. Throw down some salt if it gets really icy. If you’re going to be out of town during the holidays, make sure you have someone planned to shovel for you. I’ve had plenty of buyers unable to view a home because there was so much snow we couldn’t make it to the front door. If you have buyers coming in from out of town, this could be their only chance to see your home. Don’t risk losing that chance.
4. Along those same lines, make your home available. I know it’s hard during the holidays to always want to show your home, especially if you’re entertaining. However, try to move your festivities to another location so you don’t miss any showings.
I’d love to her any additional tips you have for selling during the holidays. If you are ready to sell, please be sure to visit me online.