There are a number of great reasons that buyers choose to look for homes during the holiday season, so don’t let the dropping temperatures keep you in a house until spring when you’re ready to sell. If you’re ready to move, you can list, sell, buy, and keep your sanity this Christmas season … plus enjoy the holidays too! Keep these simple tips in mind, and you’ll have a little something extra to be thankful for this season.
Plan a trip.
Instead of bringing in a load of new toys this Christmas, let the kids choose a close destination for a holiday trip. Of course, you can still treat them to a few presents, but limiting the amount of new things you bring into the home will limit clutter, not to mention make packing easier when it’s time to move. Try getting the kids something they need, want, and wear, and let the rest of the presents be a memory making mini-vacation.
Don’t go overboard with decorating.
It’s tempting, we know, and nobody wants to be a Scrooge during Christmas. But buyers need to be able to visualize the home as their own, so your family’s decorations on every shelf and table will only be a distraction. A few holiday touches here and there will add a nice staging effect, but try to keep your home as open and uncluttered as possible.
Just say no.
There’s great news about selling your home during the holidays—you don’t have to host dinner! Finally, you have a perfectly valid reason to pass until next year. You’re already doing enough cleaning and upkeep while your house is listed, so as welcome as extra guests are they’re a little more work than you should take on right now. Instead, offer to make a few extra recipes for your meal.
Don’t forget to keep your sidewalks and driveways clear of snow. Keep an eye on the weather reports in advance so you’re not caught off guard. Agents and buyers alike will appreciate walking up a clear driveway, and it certainly makes a great first impression for your home.
A little bit of heat goes a long way. If you can, keep the house a little warmer than you normally would, just enough to make it extra cozy for buyers coming in from the cold. A comfortably warm house will instantly feel like home and give the buyers a chance to look around without shivering.
Trust an expert.
Of course, always use your agent’s expertise. Housing markets are constantly changing, so your Realtor will be your best resource when it comes to pricing your home, finding buyers, and getting your listing winter-ready. So use his or her knowledge, and relax while you enjoy this beautiful season.