Trying to sell your home during the holiday season can seem like a nightmare. You’ll be dealing with people who are short on money, pressed for time, and looking for perfection. However, if you follow these simple tips, your home will sell a little easier during this jolly time.
Make Your Home A Warm Place
Before potential buyers come to your home, work hard to make it warmer – literally. Close your curtains during the night to trap in heat, cover your walls with better installation (including posters and carpet decorations), cover your front door on the outside and inside, and place your furniture in warm areas near vents.
What is the purpose of these tweaks? To make your home feel like a warm oasis from the freezing cold of the outside world. It will unconsciously make your potential buyers feel more comfortable, and make your home cozier and friendlier.
Keep Decorations To A Minimum
Decorating your home during the holiday season often makes it look great, but when you’re selling a home, too much can look gaudy and cheap. Keep these decoration tips in mind when trying to sell your home:
- A wreath on the door is friendly and inviting
- A few lights along the doors and windows enhances their beauty – too much looks gaudy
- Welcoming signs on the lawn look friendly, but too many are excessive
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Focus On Its Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is a major part of what sells a home. People are often obsessed with how it looks on the outside, to the point where they focus almost solely on that aspect. Improve the curb appeal of your home during the chilly holiday season by performing the following tricks:
- Shovel the snow away from your home
- Clean the snow off of your roof to make it look less cluttered
- Park your cars in the garage
- Break ice off your driveway and sidewalks
- Knock down hanging icicles
It’s not a bad idea to also take photos of your home before the snow falls to give buyers an idea of how it looks in the spring. In this way, they aren’t surprised by the size of the lawn or any other aspects that can be masked under the snow.
Create A Video Tour
If you’re having a hard time getting people to come to your home in the winter, create a video tour. This should include the exterior of your home, any storage areas, all the rooms in the house, and around the boundaries of your property. Add a little fun by making it a “holiday themed” video and uploading it to the website where your house is listed.
The holiday-theme serves two purposes. First, it makes your video more enjoyable to watch, and second, it puts your buyers in the holiday spirit and makes them more likely to either purchase your home or schedule an in-person visit.
These tips are just a few ways that you can make your home more likely to sell during the holiday season. However, they’re a great start to finding a lucky buyer the home of their dreams.
Jodi Bakst has been helping homeowners in Chapel Hill, Durham, and throughout the Triangle since 1997. She regularly blogs about real estate and local interest topics important to buyers & sellers
October 31, 2016