While selling during the holidays may seem impossible during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, listing your home during this time can actually be advantageous. With many people off work and searching for property deals over the festive period, there are plenty of opportunities to make a sale. Many hesitate to sell during the holidays, but it can actually be a great time to do so! Here are some tips on how to go about it.
Adding some Christmas decorations to your home is a great way to attract potential buyers and make the property look inviting. Try not to go overboard, though – you want viewers to be able to focus on the house itself rather than all the decorations.
Speaking of decorations, try to put up neutral and traditional items, such as trees, wreaths, or garlands. If you're going to put up a Christmas tree, make sure it’s not blocking any of the important features in your home, such as the window or fireplace. Consider buying one on the smaller side so it won’t take up too much space.
When it comes to selling your home, nothing is more important than making an excellent first impression. Make sure the exterior of your home looks neat and tidy by cleaning up any cluttered areas, such as the porch or garden. You can also dress up the house with holiday decorations, such as outdoor lights or wreaths.
For more advice about curb appeal during the holidays, check out this article on elegant Christmas curb appeal.
If your property has a garden or outdoor space, highlight this by adding festive decorations such as lights and garlands. You may also want to arrange furniture in the garden to show how it can be used in the warmer months.
People often have a lot going on during the holidays, so try to stay as accommodating as possible when arranging viewings. This may mean being available at short notice.
Over the festive period, many people will be searching for property online. Make sure you have good-quality photos and maybe even a video tour. Use social media to get your home in front of as many potential buyers as possible. Remember to ask your real estate agent for help and advice.
Christmas is all about feeling cozy, so make sure your home reflects this. Put out some cushions, throws and rugs to create a snug atmosphere that potential buyers will love. You could also consider baking something before a viewing – the smell of freshly baked cookies can help make a house feel like a home! Play some quiet classical music in the background to complete the atmosphere.
People may be willing to pay more for a property over the festive period, but remember not to get carried away and set your prices too high. Your REALTOR® can help you with a pricing strategy.
With fewer properties available during the holidays, buyers may be quick to make an attractive offer – so be prepared and make sure you have all your paperwork in order.
Despite it being the holidays, don’t neglect basic maintenance around your property. Make sure everything is clean and tidy. If necessary, ensure you repair any existing damage before viewings take place.
Even though you may be selling your home, take time to ensure to make sure that everything is looking its best – from putting out festive refreshments for viewers to tidying away coats and shoes. These small details can really help people feel welcome in your home.
Selling your home during Christmas may seem daunting, but there are plenty of opportunities to make a successful sale. With some good preparation, a real estate agent’s help and perhaps some festive incentives, you could have a successful sale in no time.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!