The holiday season is by far the worst time of year to put your house on the market, but if you must, there are a few benefits. Less competition, and people looking to buy this time of year tend to be more serious and less apt to flake on their offers. If you must put your home on the market now, there are few things you should keep in mind.
First, use moderation when decorating. Most of us love to decorate for the holidays, but going overboard could really ruin your curb appeal and turn off buyers. You should also stick to mainstream décor and avoid religious themes. Yes, this smacks of political correctness, but since you attracting buyers this time of year is tough enough as it is, you need to go out of your way to avoid anything that could make them uncomfortable. Up your curb appeal even more by keeping walkways free of snow and ice. Remember, this time of year means your home loses the camouflage of full leafy trees, so act accordingly to touch up any problem areas.
Inside, make your home cozy. Simmer a few cinnamon sticks and an orange on the stove to fill the air with a lovely aroma, and if you have one and the weather is appropriate, have your fireplace going. You want your home to be as inviting as possible. Give it a super through cleaning and get rid of clutter. Your collection of Beanie Babies or his collection of NASCAR hats needs to be stored away. You want buyers to be able to envision what their stuff would look like in your home. A deep cleaning will also help ensure you get the best possible photos, which are crucial for online listings. It’ll be the first impression buyers get of your home, so make it the best possible one.
Along with photos consider making a video walk through of your home for it’s online listing. Open houses and buyer visits plummet this time of year because of the bad weather and busy season, so a video walk through could be just the thing to attract buyers who otherwise might not have the time to see your home in person.
Finally, make sure you find a dependable, dedicated real estate agent. That isn’t as easy as it sounds over the holidays. You want one like the folks at alanjsmith.com who will always go above and beyond for you, even during the busy holiday season. They’ll help you find motivated buyers and price your house to sell fast.