Let’s face it — selling during the holidays might seem tough. It’s already a stressful time of year, and to add showings and packing into the mix can make everything pretty chaotic. Can I let you in on a secret? It doesn’t have to be as hard as you think!
Here are four tips for listing your home this holiday season. Don’t worry—they’re easy, inexpensive, and totally stress-free.
Declutter in the Fall
Want to sell before the new year? Now is the time to take your first steps before you get overwhelmed with holiday cheer. As you get ready to bring out your decorations, go through all those boxes that have piled up in your attic and garage. Chances are, you won’t need all that stuff, and decluttering ahead of time makes packing a breeze.
As we approach the season of giving, you might want to consider bringing your gently used items to charity. Best of all, these donations are tax deductible, so you’ll gain money and extra space!
Decorate—But Don’t Go Overboard
Buyers don’t want to see an empty house, but there’s a fine line between staging and over-decorating. Strike a balance with the help of your agent—they can help you transform your space into a tasteful winter wonderland.
It’s okay to decorate for the holidays—it creates a warm feeling that welcomes buyers in. A good rule of thumb is to make your space appear as large as possible. Don’t put out decorations that add clutter, and make sure your tree doesn’t shrink the size of your living room. When in doubt, go with some neutral decor.
Price to Sell
Fall and winter are considered the “off-seasons” of real estate, but that doesn’t mean you have to drop your price lower than you might want. Consult with your agent to come up with a marketing plan—they’ll be able to offer a home valuation and give you a top-notch listing price.
Instead of cutting down the price in increments, you might consider setting your bottom-line price right off the bat. This way, you’ll maximize the number of interested buyers and hopefully sell for full asking price.
Rev Up the Curb Appeal
It’s so easy to decorate the outside of your home for the holidays. Remember, the exterior of your home is the first thing buyers see, so you might want to invest more of your time to make it look perfect.
Don’t worry—you won’t have to spend a lot of money to flaunt your home’s best features. You can easily make a holiday wreath yourself or buy an inexpensive arrangement from the store. Some tastefully placed lights around your door or a colorful welcome mat can really invite buyers inside!
Ready to Start Selling During the Holidays?
Selling your home during the holiday season doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think, especially if you go with the right agent!
I’m Tammy Harrison, and I’m here to help you sell your Main Line home quickly and for the best price. Be sure to check out my seller resources and give me a call with any questions. If you’re buying a home on the Main Line, I can certainly help with that, too!