The holiday season from November through January can be a busy time to put a home on the market. Have you thought of selling your home during the busy winter season? The season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious, and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed. First, decide if you really need to sell. Really. Once you’ve committed to the challenge, don your gay apparel and follow these tips from RE/MAX Sun Properties.
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 many can crowd your home and distract buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes. A few subtle touches like a bowl of pinecones, an evergreen wreath, or a pot of cider simmering on the stove can create a warm and festive feeling in your home.
2. Give house hunters a place to escape from the cold.
Make your home feel cozy and inviting during showings by cranking up the heat, playing soft classical music, and offering homemade holiday treats. Now is the time to layer the cozy blankets, and cable knit pillows with texture. When you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, you also give them more time to admire its best features.
3. Make curb appeal a top priority.
When autumn rolls around, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. With warm AZ winters add new flowers to those poolside pots for a pop of color, touch up the paint, clean the windows, and spruce up the yard. Keep buyers’ safety in mind as well by making sure stairs and walkways are well-lit in the evenings.
4. Seek out motivated buyers.
Anyone 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, and those travelers in for the holidays looking for a second home.
5. Hire a reliable local real estate agent.
That means someone who will work hard for you and knows and lives in your community. They will be available during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. One that will go above and beyond to get your home sold. This will ease your stress and give you more time to enjoy the season.