If you are looking to sell your home over the holidays, there are some things you may want to consider. I hope you find my holiday home selling guide a helpful resource.
The internet has changed the way many people shop. Nowhere is this more evident than around the holiday season. Gift shopping that used to take days, weeks and even months can now get done in a couple of hours with a few strokes of the keyboard.
So what do people do with all that extra time? They go on with their daily lives. If they have been pursuing a new home throughout the year and have yet to find one they will likely keep looking through the holidays hoping to find that prize property.
Things to Consider When Selling
The sun goes down pretty early during the holidays. The shortest sunlight day of the year is around December 21st. This early dusk makes it even more imperative to have every light in the home on during showings. Make sure to include exterior lights for look and safety.
I am thankful that in my 24 years of practicing real estate there have been no thefts during home showings. That said, it may be in your interest not to have gifts laying out in the open. If you have expensive decorations or ornaments, it may be prudent to take them down for showings.
Inclement weather is more prevalent during the holiday months. Watch the weather report and make sure to protect your floors. It is best to use decorative carpet runners and mats when available.
If you have a fireplace, it may be best to crank it up. It can add warmth and light. I only suggest this if you are back at home shortly after the showing to monitor it or turn it off for safety.
Do not expect the real estate agent to touch your things including turning off lights, shutting down fireplaces, etc. Many agents do not want to rummage through a house they are not familiar with to find all the light switches.
The holidays are a cheerful feel-good time. Nothing makes a home more cheerful than seasonal decorations. Decorate the home as you would any other holiday season. Share this good holiday feeling with prospective buyers.
Turn down showings if it is not convenient. Many home sellers feel they need to take every showing opportunity even if it wreaks havoc on their life and schedule. Most home buyers and agents understand there is a chance that showing schedules may be adjusted over the holidays. Make the process work for you.
The internet has indeed blurred the line between real estate selling seasons as people have become more avid online shoppers. It is as easy to shop for a home on the internet as it is to shop for gifts. I always say it does not snow and the cold wind doesn't blow in your computer den (unless there is a sizable hole in your roof).
I find that both the sellers and buyers are very motivated participants when selling a home over the holidays. Believe it or not one of the busiest times of the year is just after Christmas through the new year. Many people have off from work and are eager to make the next year the time they find their dream home. It is kind of like joining that new gym to work out as part of their New Year's resolution.
The inventory of available homes dips even farther during the holidays and winter months. Home buyers can shop from the comfort of their computer. These two factors along with following the holiday home selling guide can lead to a very successful home sale.
For more tips on holiday home selling check out a recent article I wrote about Berks County Home Sales & the Holiday Effect.
Here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving and Holiday Season!
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