Simple decorations are best when you’re listing your home during the holidays. Photo / Shutterstock
Listing your home for sale during the holidays can be a blessing, believe it or not. The buyers out there looking are serious – so you’re far less likely to get casual browsers and new-home dreamers taking a tour. But there are some general rules you should follow to make sure your home shows at its best.
So we asked our expert agents at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty: What’s your best tip for clients who are listing a home during the holidays?
A: This time of year, curb appeal is incredibly important. To keep the yard looking fresh and vibrant, I suggest planting winter rye grass with lots of bright flowers and kale. When it comes to décor, simple and elegant is the key. Always light the fireplaces for showings. Pinecones, flowers and greenery, fresh fruit, and pops of holiday color will create a subtle yet festive look. I don’t recommend a Christmas tree, or anything that requires you to move furniture.
A: A: Listing your home during the holidays can prove to be beneficial to sellers, especially with so many buyers relocating here. Many people take their homes off the market when the holidays arrive, which means fewer competing properties if yours is listed. And homes always look their best during the holiday season. Lit fireplaces, as well as greenery, poinsettias, paper whites and amaryllis placed throughout the home, exude a warm, inviting feeling to buyers.
A: Holiday buyers are typically very serious buyers working on a shorter time frame. With inventory levels being lower than normal during this season, it’s a great time to list your home and showcase its strengths. Simple, refined decorations will give your home a warm, inviting feel you might not otherwise get during gloomy winter months. With the recent interest rate drop, buyers will be out this holiday season, so it’s a great time to put your best foot forward!
A: November and December can be very good months for finding a buyer, especially local buyers who decide to move up. Families are together and spending more time in their homes during the holiday months and have the opportunity to contemplate a new house. Your home might attract fewer showings, but the buyers who are looking are typically ready to make a decision. Just take care not to obscure your home’s selling points with too much holiday decor.
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