Selling Your Home During The Holidays – Tips For Making It Happen

Posted on: 17 November 2015

Do you have your home listed on today's real estate market with the hopes of selling it before the New Year's ball drops? Selling a home during the holiday season can be a bit more challenging than it would be if you were selling in the spring, but it is entirely possible to do. Below, you will find some tips that can help you expedite the sales process and help you make the sale during the slowest season of selling.

Create a Cozy Atmosphere

You have probably already heard that you should bake fresh cookies to fill your home with scents that are inviting. If your home has a fireplace, light it. The crackling sounds and flickering flames will help the potential buyer picture his or herself relaxing on a cool winter's night with a good book in a favorite chair.

Having the fireplace lit also shows the potential buyer that it is in good working order. Many older homes have deficient chimneys and aren't safe to light the fireplace, so it is a feature that cannot be used to entice a buyer to buy.

If your chimney isn't safe for fires, use a candelabra to brighten up the dark space. Just be sure to disclose to the buyer that the chimney needs repair so that you don't give him or her a false impression.

Maintain a Comfortable Temperature

Your home should be kept at a comfortable temperature when showing it. Set the thermostat to 65-70 degrees and pay attention to the body language of each potential buyer. If they hold their arms to their chests, they are probably chilly. If you see them fanning themselves, they are likely too warm – adjust the thermostat accordingly.

Take Advantage of the Holidays

This is one time of the year that you can use holiday decorations to really give a potential buyer a positive impression of the home. Don't go all out, but decorate in a fashionable, tasteful manner to show your potential buyers how much of a home your house can truly be. Create a picturesque scene that the buyer can picture their family gathering on Christmas morning or enjoying dinner with the extended family.

Talk with your real estate agent to learn more ways to improve the chances of selling your home during the slow months in the realty market. You don't have to wait until spring if things are done just right.