The property market is not closed for Christmas and there are still many people out there who are looking for a house to call a home in the New Year.
However, many home sellers choose not to sell their homes during this period which means by default that your house could become very popular during the festive season.
Buyers are often fitting in viewings in between their Christmas shopping, so you know that this target market is a very serious one.
Here are 5 points of advice when selling your home during the holidays:
#1 – Deck the halls but skip the fa-la-la-la-la
Important: decorate, but don’t go overboard!
Don’t be shy to bring out Christmas tree you bought especially for the garden or the 1km Christmas light rope you’ve been dying to dust off. This is bound to attract a lot of attention and complement the “For Sale” sign outside your house.
However, it is important for you to be modest about your decorations: no one wants to be overwhelmed and blinded by Santa Clauses, reindeer and angels flashing their stuff on the top of your house.
#2 – Call on the little drummer boy…
…and let’s have a party!
The best thing that you can do to show off the inside of your house to buyers is to have a party.
Of course, we’re not saying invite complete strangers into your home, but it is a great way to put your home on display to those who you know. They are bound to know someone who is looking for a house and they can refer them.
Besides, a holiday party is the perfect way to ring in the Christmas season and get into the spirit of joy!
Who knows, it might turn into the spirit of sold!
#3 – Bring the joy to the world
Not only is this the season of happiness, but it is also the season of giving.
You are selling your home during a busy, frantic time of the year. Give a little bit during your open viewings and make time for the buyers who have taken time to come and look at your property.
People turn into all kinds of Scrooges and Grinches during the Christmas season, so it is important that you always stay kind, helpful, and give as much time as you have to those interested buyers.
#4 – I saw Mommy stealing Santa Claus
As already stated, people become monsters of their own kind during the holiday season and criminals are definitely not taking a break.
Stealing and thievery hit quite the high levels during Christmas time, which is why it is important to stay vigilant.
Don’t leave any valuables lying around during a showing and this includes your Christmas gifts!
Feel free to leave your tree and décor up, but leave the presents somewhere where potential buyers won’t see them. You could consider wrapping empty boxes and leaving them for decorative purposes?
Good luck to anyone trying to steal a big box of nothing!
#5 – Relax and be merry!
The most important thing that you can do for yourself is to relax.
Your stress levels are going to be high enough as it is trying to sell your house, so take time to enjoy the Christmas season as well. Pour yourself a drink, sit back and wait for a small miracle to happen. Your house will be sold when the time is right.
Heck, some houses have even been sold on Christmas Eve itself!
Selling your home during the holiday can be quite tense, but with the right real estate agent on your side, nothing is impossible.