Once November rolls around, many sellers opt to take their home off the market until after the new year has come and gone. In the real estate world, it's a common belief that selling during the holidays is a bad idea because buyers aren't looking at that time of year. With December upon us, many people who currently have their homes listed or who are thinking of listing may be wondering whether or not they should wait until January or February to try to sell.
If you're committed to selling your home, the holidays may not necessarily be a bad time. Trends show that many buyers who continue to look during the winter months tend to be more serious. Many people wouldn't opt to give up holiday festivities or cut shopping short to head to a viewing if they weren't truly interested at this time of year.
That being said, if you're going to keep your house on the market during holiday season, it's important to make sure that it looks the part. Even if you'll be away and your real estate agent will be handling all your showings, leaving it staged makes less work for them since it'll always be ready for potential buyers to view.
Are decorations appropriate if your home is going to be viewed during the holidays? Yes, but moderation is key. Avoid going overboard, select tasteful decorations, and maintain a consistent colour scheme. Smell is everything to a potential buyer. The holidays are the perfect time of year to have potpourri and candles that smell of cinnamon, pine, and nutmeg. Make sure your fireplace is lit or at least in working order since it can be an excellent selling feature during this time of year.
You've listed your home, de-cluttered all of the rooms, and added some festive decorations. Great! What's left? Make sure that the outside of your home isn't neglected, especially here in Calgary where we can get a lot of snow. Shovel your driveway and walkways and keep them salted to ensure the safety of everyone coming on to your property.
As for outdoor decorations, keep them minimal. You don't want to cover up important selling features on the house with a giant light up snowman. Usually some lights on the windows or doors add a nice touch, and since it gets dark so early, even some lights along walkways can be helpful for night time viewings.
Good luck with the sale of your home during the holidays! Season's Greetings!
The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736