The holiday season, from November through January, is often considered the worst time to put a home on the market. While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: Holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce, with fewer homes being actively marketed. If you’re committed to selling, don your gay apparel and follow these five tips:
1. Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard. Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too numerous can crowd your home and distract buyers.
2. Seek out motivated buyers. Anyone who is house hunting during the holidays must have a good reason for doing so. Work with your agent to target buyers on a deadline, including people relocating for jobs in your area, investors on tax deadlines, college students and staff, and military personnel (if you live near a military base).
3. Price it to sell. No matter what time of year, a home that’s priced low for the market will make buyers feel merry. Rather than gradually making small price reductions, many real estate agents advise sellers to slash their prices before putting a home on the market.
4. Make curb appeal a top priority. When autumn rolls around and the trees start to lose their leaves, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. Bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, clean the gutters, and spruce up the yard.
5. Take top-notch real estate photos. When the weather outside is frightful, homebuyers are likely to start their house hunt from the comfort of their homes by browsing listings on the internet. Make a good first impression by offering lots of flattering, high-quality photos of your home.
I hope these tips are helpful to you. If you have any questions or need any advice on your own personal situation, don’t hesitate to reach out and give me a call or send me an email today.