The holidays can certainly be stressful in it of themselves, without any outside help. Well, add selling a house to the mix, and the stress goes up even more. This article is here to help by giving you tips on how to make the process easier and hopefully much faster.
Real estate agents have an even harder time during the holidays to schedule showings. That’s because both the sellers and the potential buyers are quite busy. With that in mind, try to clear your schedule up as much as possible, so that when your real estate agent does manage to schedule a showing, you’ll be able to accommodate it for them. Obviously, you can block a few dates, like Christmas Day, but be sure to keep these blocks to a bare minimum.
Also, consider looking into key lockboxes, as these can make it much easier for realtors to gain access to your place when you’re not at home, while also keeping everything safe from intruders.
Keep Holiday Décor to a Minimum
Most people adore Christmas and want to go all out on decorating their place. While this is perfectly understandable, it’s a good idea to keep these items to a minimum or to skip them altogether. First off, consider the fact that not everyone who will be interested in your place loves holiday décor as much as you do. Second, holiday décor tends to clutter the space, making it more difficult for potential buyers to figure out whether they like the house or not.
While you’re at it with the getting rid of decorations, make sure to remove items that show that the house is owned by you, like pictures or personal mail. Potential buyers have to be able to imagine themselves in a house, and if there are too many pictures of yourself there, they may have a harder time doing it.
Clean It Up
An obvious tip, but since winter is the time of snow and consequently, of mud, it may be a good idea to pay close attention to this point. You may not think much of a bit of mud being brought inside, but it may hurt your chances of selling the place. Make sure to keep cleaning so that the house looks its best for each showing. Of course, you’re also going to want to keep the outside of your home looking great, so clear those gutters and rake any leaves around the place.
Make It Comfy
The winter comes with some pretty unfriendly temperatures, so make sure that when potential buyers enter your place, they feel warm and comfortable. You could also leave a subtle baking scent for bonus cozy points.
Show Pictures of Your House During Other Seasons
Winter is often the least favorite season for selling houses because few places look great with all the dead nature around them. If possible, try to have a few pictures of your house during other seasons, since it sure looks different with blossoming trees around in spring or with the colorful leaves of fall.
Make Online Marketing a Priority
When the weather isn’t all that friendly, buyers will rely more on the internet for looking for their future house. With that in mind, make sure that you have gorgeous photos of your place taken. It can even be a good idea to hire someone to make a video tour of the house.
Put the Right Price on It
Of course, you want to make as much money as possible in the house. Nevertheless, pricing it too high may just hurt your chances of selling the place. As such, make sure you talk it over with your real estate agent to decide on the best possible price for the house so that you won’t end up selling it for too cheap, but you won’t put too high of a price on it either.
With these tips, you may just be able to sell your place fast even during a stressful season like that of the holidays.