The thought of listing your home to sell during the holidays likely gives you hives. While it’s not the ideal time of the year to sell your home, sometimes you have to do what you have to do!
No need to fear, though – you have some of the best real estate agents in the business that will help you get ready and shine the best light on your home! Here are some tips for home selling during this holiday season.
Do not decorate
We know this is not easy, but you don’t want house photos with lights and a tree. Why not? Because if the house doesn’t sell in December, people will know it’s been sitting on the market for a bit just from the pictures. You only have one chance to make a great first impression; let’s focus on the house, not your nativity scene.
Buyers are out there.
We write many contracts in December for our home buyers! Don’t let the holidays fool you into thinking people aren’t making moves! But, following your real estate agent’s advice on pricing and repairs will be crucial.
Pricing is KEY
Pricing your home correctly is ALWAYS important. However, we cannot stress this enough, this is when you cannot mess around with pricing. If you want that house sold, don’t listen to Zillow or your friend’s aunt who is an agent in Ohio. Look at the comps, listen to your agent, and you can get this house under contract quickly!
Don’t plan events at your house.
Since your house is listed for sale this year, you’re going to forgo that holiday party and only attend events elsewhere! Your house needs to be show ready, and you don’t want to turn away buyers because you’re prepping for an event. Speaking of…
Surprisingly, two of the busiest weeks of our year are the week of Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Buyers are off work and have time to go view homes. Be flexible with showings and let those buyers in the door! This is why you shouldn’t plan elaborate events during this time of the year.
We have been in bidding wars with other buyers during the holiday season. Getting a flurry of activity on your home is not unheard of just because we are prepping for Santa! However, the houses that sell quickly during this time have very realistic sellers, are priced accordingly, and are magazine ready! If you’re not ready to showcase your home in the very best light, let’s wait to list. In the words of Eminem, “you only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow.”
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