Selling your Home around Christmas
Those of us in the industry know that although the market does generally slow down during the Christmas season, estate sales stop for no one and no special occasion. Those who are motivated to buy or sell will still remain quite active. However there are certain significant differences during this season that one simply cannot ignore. If you’re wondering what might help your home sell during this festive time of year, read on for more information.
Must you Sell?
First off you may want to consider just how important it is to you to sell before the New Year. The number of buyers is considerably reduced during this time of year. Whether due to damp, dreary weather, holiday plans or just the general hustle and bustle of the season, many buyers simply put off their search.
Waiting until the New Year begins could expose your home to an excited pool of prospects looking to make a fresh start in January.
Festive decorations certainly have the potential to make the house look more home-like. But, you should always follow the home staging mantras of less clutter and little to no personal items. If you feel the need to decorate, scale things back.
Think of your Christmas décor as adding just a bit of elegant cheer to your normal staging efforts. You’ll also want to make sure any adornments do not take away from or hide the home’s selling points. A lovely mantle, for example, shouldn’t be piled high with candles, photos, etc. Let the home’s best features speak for themselves and just accent them with a few friendly details.
On the same note, it’s a good idea to make any seasonal décor as ethnically neutral as possible- remember that not everyone celebrates Christmas. You won’t want to let your own ethnic or religious items cloud anyone’s vision of making the home their own.
If you are still living in the home and have Christmas plans of your own, it can be a nightmare to show your property during this time of year.
Before you make plans for events with family and friends, set a few blackout dates when the home cannot be shown. It is better to make your estate agent aware of these beforehand than to have to call back and forth to try to find a time that works.
Buyers of course visit more than one home before buying, and it really helps to be able to notify them of when yours is clearly available to show and when it is not.
Prepare for a Certain Level of Inconvenience
Try to adopt a good attitude if you’re planning to sell during the Christmas season, as everything tends to be a bit more hectic around this time of year.
It may be a bit more work to schedule viewings (as mentioned above). The weather may not cooperate and you may even wind up feeling a bit put out by buyers wanting to see your home.
Then there are the things that come with the territory- buyers may leave your front door open for longer than you’d like, letting precious heat out. They may track water and mud into your home or disturb your already-agitated pets.
These things are just par for the course, but with a good attitude you can deal with them gracefully and with minimal stress. You may even consider investing in a small carpet cleaner.
Good Lighting and Christmas-y Scents
During these dark times of year it is important to remember that dank weather can make your home take on a grey cast. Make a bit of extra effort to keep things warm and bright, with good lighting and a nice level of heat.
You can also take advantage of some sensory staging tips- there’s nothing quite as inviting as the scent of cider or apple-cinnamon baked goods and this time of year is perfect for those. Just be sure to practice utmost safety with scented candles and remember to blow them out before leaving the house.
For more tips to help sell your home during Christmas or any other time of year, please don’t hesitate to contact us.