Selling a house during the Holiday season is tricky, but not impossible. It’s the time of year when potential home buyers are focused on all things Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s, not focused on house-hunting. The few buyers who are searching for a new home during the Holiday season and into the New Year have the housing market in their favor, but you can tip the odds back in your favor and get your house sold during the Holiday season with these house selling tips.
Home buyers want to see the home, inside and out, so minimize decorations to make the house look as big as possible. Scale down to a small Christmas tree and a few neutral decorations. Remember that fragrance also plays a big part in making a house feel like a home. A traditional Holiday fragrance, such as pumpkin pie, cinnamon or spruce, in the form of an air freshener or candle will entice buyers while still adding to the Holiday cheer for your family. Take down decorations as soon as the celebration is over.
The exterior front of the house is the first thing potential home buyers will see, and they will form an opinion on the spot. Giving a house curb appeal in the dead of winter during the Holiday season is not as easy as it is during warm weather, but it is doable.
Rake the fallen leaves, shovel the snow from the walkways and remove all unnecessary pieces of furniture from the front porch. Remove dead flowers from outdoor containers and replace them with small evergreen shrubs and plants. Prune and shape overgrown shrubs located in the front of the house. Make any exterior repairs and touch up exterior paint if needed. Your house needs to look better than any other house in your neighborhood that as a ‘For Sale’ sign in front of it.
Market and Price to Sell
The internet is the home seller’s friend. Market the house online by uploading a virtual video tour of the house and post pictures of the home taken during spring and summer so potential home buyers can see what the landscaping looks like during warm weather.
When the need arises to sell a house during the Holiday season, there is no time for price haggling. Research what comparable homes have sold for in the immediate area to discover the fair market value of your house, then price the house for 10% less.
Whether attempting to sell the house on your own or using the services of a reputable real estate agent, employ these tips to get the house sold during the Holiday season – minimize Christmas decorations, add curb appeal, research neighborhood comparables, price the house to sell and use online venues to market the house.