Right Now We are In the Peak Holiday Season!
Selling a home during the holiday season is more challenging but may offer some advantages.
There are fewer homes for sale right now because many sellers postpone listing until after the holidays. And homebuyers who are looking for a home during this time of year are very serious indeed.
Declutter and Clean
During every season, decluttering and cleaning the home is the very first step in home staging and getting to a successful sale. Admittedly this can be challenging if you have parties, visitors, baking, shopping and gift wrapping to manage between showings! However, a home that is being offered for sale must make a great first impression and that starts with being clean and clutter free.
Simplify Your Decor
Displaying lots of holiday decorations may add to the festive feeling for you and your loved ones but your home needs to become a neutral place when it’s for sale. Keep the holiday decor to a minimum. Avoid specifically religious displays or child-centered decor and opt for simple and tasteful decorations that have universal appeal.
Work Within Your Current Color Palette
The colors and style you already have in your home should be complementary, not competing, with your holiday decor. If you have grays and golds and blues in your home, decorate with silver and gold, a white flocked tree and touches of pretty gray and blue accents. Likewise, if your colors are in earth tones, decorate with bronzes, golds, greens, and whites. There are endless selections of holiday decor styles to coordinate with the season’s cheer.
Highlight Your Home’s Best Features
Wisely use this season’s opportunities to subtly point our some of your home’s best features. If you have high ceilings, go ahead and have a stunning, tall, well-decorated tree. Adorn your beautiful fireplace mantel with holiday stockings and garland. Display a collection of favorite holiday books on the coffee table. You can even utilize decorative seasonal plates in the kitchen, placing cookies on them to encourage visitors to enjoy and linger.
Go Light on the Lights, Don’t be like Clark Griswold
This isn’t the year to compete in the community outdoor holiday display contest. Keep your outdoor areas the same as the inside of your home, simple and tasteful. Clear and sparkly lights, a pretty wreath welcoming visitors, some poinsettias at the doorway and a garland draped over the railing and mailbox are all appropriate and will enhance your home.
Follow these special holiday suggestions to increase your ability to sell during the most hectic month of the year.
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