Fortunately, there’s no need to sacrifice your time with family and friends for a successful sale. While you don’t have to give up all your holiday traditions, keeping an open mind will be essential this year.
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Embrace a simpler holiday with these fun and festive tips!
Decorate with Your Buyers in Mind
Selling your home during the holidays doesn’t mean you have to give up decorations altogether. Instead, decorate with buyers in mind.
You want buyers to be able to see themselves in your home. Of course, that might mean holding off on some of your more personal decorations.
Still, you can focus on the following to keep your house buyer-friendly while enjoying this time of year:
- Be sure to have photos available online of your home without holiday decorations.
- Use decorations that highlight the best aspects of your home like the fireplace, foyer, or cozy kitchen.
- Give any decorations that have been storage awhile a good dusting, just in case.
- Remove extra boxes from the area to keep the attention on your home.
- Avoid extravagant lights and inflatables that may distract the buyer.
Need some ideas on what to include in your holiday decor? Think warm and inviting.
Yummy scents like pinecones and cinnamon sticks can make your home feel extra cozy. A little greenery around your door, windows, and mantel adds a lovely finishing touch.
You may want to limit your decorations to spaces where it’s easy to mix and match. A pink bedroom or yellow kitchen can look garish when covered in red and green.
Don’t forget to take down your decorations promptly as well. Lights, trees, and decor that hang around past the new year can be a turnoff to potential buyers.
Make a Pre-Showing Checklist
Your to-do list is probably a mile long at this point, and getting ready for a showing may feel daunting. Take the pressure off of yourself to remember it all by creating a reusable checklist.
Here are some ideas to get you started. Add your own tasks, print, and laminate! This way you can easily check off what you’ve completed with a dry erase marker and wipe clean later.
- Wipe off all countertops and tables.
- Clean the kitchen.
- Sweep and vacuum.
- Clean toilets.
- Make beds.
- Fluff pillows
- Light candles.
- Tuck away any personal items.
If you have guests coming over during the holidays, don’t be afraid to ask for a little help. A few extra hands pitching in will make cleaning up a breeze. You can even close off certain rooms in the house to avoid having to clean each and every space again before a showing.
A simpler holiday may be just what you and your family need during this busy time of year!
Enjoy events outside your home to destress while you prepare for a sale. Head to local light displays, take photos with Santa, roast marshmallows, and enjoy each other’s company out of the house.
Finally, make sure your sale is successful by working with an experienced real estate team that knows how to navigate the market at this time of year. The Williams Team keeps working with our clients’ best interests in mind, no matter the season. Contact us today to make your holiday home selling experience a complete success!