If you’re selling your home this holiday season, there’s a good chance that your real estate agent has already talked to you about home staging – but how much is too much decor, what should you do about home tours and holiday parties, and what about the presents under the tree? This guide explains a few holiday home-selling tips from the pros so you can sell your home quickly (and at the right price) this holiday season.
Holiday Home-Selling Tips From the Pros
First things first: You should always consult with your REALTOR(R) if you’re not sure what to do about home staging during the holidays. In fact, you can even ask your real estate agent for a referral to a local professional who can style and stage your home perfectly for a quick sale.
With that said, here’s what you need to know:
- How much holiday decor is appropriate when you’re selling your home?
- How do you coordinate home tours when you’re gearing up for the holidays?
- What do you do about presents under the tree during home tours?
Here’s a closer look at each.
Holiday Home-Selling Tip #1: How much holiday decor is appropriate when you’re selling your home?
Keep your holiday decor to a minimum this year. Though it may not feel as festive, the real risk is that over-decorating for the holidays will distract buyers from seeing your home’s best features. That means they won’t notice all the things you want them to; they’ll be too busy scoping out your tree, holiday garlands and other decorative items to notice that your house is a perfect fit for them.
You can set up a Christmas tree and put a wreath on the door, and you can even put small holiday accents around the house. However, you should limit your decor to that – and if you need a boost of holiday cheer when buyers come to see your house, try simmering cinnamon on the stove or baking a batch of cookies that buyers can take with them when they leave.
Holiday Home-Selling Tip #2: How do you coordinate home tours when you’re gearing up for the holidays?
Coordinating home tours around the holidays can be tough. You want your house to be as available as possible for prospective buyers; you don’t want to turn away any home tours, because doing so could cost you the buyer who was going to make an offer on the spot. However, it’s important to strike the right balance when you’re trying to spend time with family and friends.
Talk to your real estate agent about setting up specific touring days and hours, and let them know how much notice you need before a prospective buyer comes to tour your home.
Holiday Home-Selling Tip #3: What do you do about presents under the tree during home tours?
Your real estate agent will most likely tell you to take all your valuables out of the house before you have prospective buyers over for a tour. That includes your jewelry, firearms, important paperwork and even prescription medications (even those that don’t have any “street value”). The same is true for your holiday gifts. Though it may sound silly, it may be worth wrapping a few empty boxes and putting them beneath your tree; save the real gifts for Christmas morning and stash them somewhere else, such as in your attic or the trunk of your car.
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