Avoid These Mistakes When Selling Your Home During the Holidays

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Decorating for Christmas While Selling Your House 
One of the most difficult times of the year to sell a home can be during the holiday season.  This is because we are all busy with shopping, cooking, guests staying in our home and decorating.  The holiday season is a lot of fun, but it can be a bit tricky if you're going to list your home for sale during this time.  On the other hand, there are some great benefits to listing your home during the holidays.

One of the benefits of listing your home at this time of year is that many relocation companies will choose December as the time that they move their employees.  This is because they want to get it done before the end of the year, but also because it is slower in terms of how busy they are in their business in most cases.  What does this mean for you?  If a buyer is purchasing a home in December, they are likely to be very serious.  They probably aren't going to haggle around the lot with you since they need to get into a property quickly.

Here are some tips when listing your home during the holiday season:

- DO NOT put up inflatables. Even though they can be fun they can come off tacky and distracting when selling your home.

- Be careful not to use a bunch of flashing, multicolored lights.  If you're going to use lights outside of your home, use white and keep it minimal.  For one thing, all of the flash can really take away from your curb appeal.  Secondly, when the buyer looks at your electric bill, you don't want them asking why it was so high.

- Only decorate the downstairs in the main living areas.  Do not decorate bedrooms.  Remember, you want to keep it simple so that buyers can see your home and not your decorations.

- On the fireplace, keep it to a maximum of four stockings.  Again, we want to showcase all of the amenities in your home rather than your Christmas decorations.  After all, buyers are not purchasing your Christmas decorations

- Only have one Christmas tree.  Why?  You don't want a Christmas tree in several different rooms as they take up a lot of space.   When showing a property at any time of the year, you need to show as much space and roominess as possible.

- The holiday season is the perfect time to light a fire in the fireplace.  This will give a lot of ambience to the room and make the buyer feel more at home.

- The holiday season is one of the only times of year that using scents in your home is permissible.  Don't overdo it as many people are sensitive to different fragrances.  Use an understated air freshener or candle in the holiday scents such as cinnamon or pumpkin.

- A great touch would be to bake some cookies and put them on a plate with a note saying “Santas' already had his, take one!”

- If your home looks great in its holiday décor, it would be a good thing to send those photos to your  Realtor so that they can advertise it.  Just make sure that the agent pulls down those photos after the holiday season has passed.

Remove your holiday décor immediately after the holidays.  Even if you normally like to leave it up until the middle of January, take it down so that buyers can see your home once again.  Having holiday decorations up for a long time can actually turn off the buyer when the holiday season has passed.

Bringing a warm holiday feeling into your home can be a great selling point for potential buyers.  Many will fall in love with your house and be able to picture themselves spending the next holiday season there as well.
You are invited to our Holiday Open House this Friday, December 9, from 3 PM to 5 PM.  Come visit with us and give us the joy of celebrating the season with you before you head out to all of the other holiday after hour parties.  We'll see you there!

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