Trying to sell your home during the holiday season from November through January is generally one of the toughest times to put a home on the market. Selling your home during this time can add stress during the holidays, but does come with a few advantages. Buyers during this time tend to be more serious and there isn’t as much competition due to fewer homes being actively marketed. You should only attempt to sell your home during the winter months if you really must sell. But, if you are committed to doing so, try these tips for selling your home during the holidays!
Don’t go overboard on decorations.
This is a wonderful time of year to showcase your home, but you need to make sure not to overdo it on the decorations. Ornamentation that is too large or abundant can clutter your home and distract buyers. Also, opt for general fall and winter decorations instead of religious themed ones to avoid offending buyers.
Hire a professional real estate agent.
Find a reliable professional who will work hard for you and won’t desert you during Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s. Get a recommendation from family and friends to see if they know of anyone who will go above and beyond to get your home sold or visit our agents page to contact one of our top notch agents! Finding the right agent will lessen your stress and give you more time to enjoy the holidays.
Price your home to sell.
No matter when you list your home, pricing a home low for the market will make always catch buyers’ attention. Instead of gradually making small price reductions, many real estate professionals advise reducing sales prices before putting your home on the market.
Spruce up your curb appeal.
Make curb appeal your top priority. During the winter months when trees lose their leaves, your homes exterior condition becomes more noticeable. Make sure to touch up paint, clean our the gutters, and keep the yard trimmed and cleared of leaves. Also, be sure to keep stairs and walkways clear of leaves and snow and ice free (which we sometimes get here in Central Texas!).
Get professional photographs.
During these harsher winter days, buyers are more likely to begin their home search from the comfort of their homes by viewing listings online. Having flattering high quality photos of your home will make a great first impression. Consider adding a spring or summer photo in the mix as well so buyers will be able to see how your home looks at different times of the year.
Create a retreat.
From the cold, that is! Crank up the heat to make your home feel cozy and inviting during showings. Also consider playing soft classical or holiday music and offering fresh baked holiday treats. Doing this will entice buyers to spend more time in your home and give them more time to admire its best qualities.