Here are 5 tips for selling your home during the holidays:
Nothing can put shine on a worn out home better than holiday decorations, but don’t go overboard. Large decorations can make your home feel crowded and small. Aim for more general fall and winter decorations to keep your home depersonalized allowing buyers to more easily envision their lives there.
Wrap it Well
As trees loose their leaves and grass goes dormant, any exterior flaws on your home will become more obvious. Before you list your home, touch up your exterior paint, clean out the gutters and rake the leaves. Talk to your real estate agent about other small projects you could do outside to make your home shine.
Find the Right Price
It doesn’t really matter what time of year you’re trying to sell, finding the right price is imperative. A reputable real estate agent will run a comparative market analysis to help you pick the right price. With fewer buyers on the hunt during the holidays, a price just slightly below market value is sure to make them feel merry and help you sell your home faster.
Make the Listing Shine
Buyers will be less motivated to go see a long list of homes when the weather is bad. Hire a professional photographer (your agent probably has one they use often) and make your home shine. High quality photos and a virtual tour showcase the best parts of your home, making it a must see on a buyer’s list.
Up the Coziness
When the weather outside is frightful, you want your home to feel like a warm retreat for buyers. They are looking for a place to build a life and they aren’t imagine drafty windows or poor insulation. Ensure your windows are sealed, your heat is on and even light a fire before a showing to really make it warm. A few blankets on the couch can help buyers envision cozy nights at home.
Whether you are selling now or thinking of waiting til spring, talk to your agent. Getting started on small projects now make selling much easier!