Tips for Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

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While Christmas is not an ideal time to list your home, it is sometimes the only thing that you can do. So how do you have a happy holiday and still not overwhelm buyers with all your stockings and decorations?

The key is to keep it very simple. While decorations are festive, there are buyers that do not celebrate this holiday and may be put off by the decor. If it were me, I would skip decorating altogether while trying to sell, however I realize that is not always an option especially if you have kids.

In my home I put up 4 trees, so I know your dilemma! Try to keep in mind that you are still having showings and if a buyer is trampling through the snow then you know they are serious. Selling real estate in the winter is serious business. Keep the tree set up to only one, maybe a smaller size than the one you would normally use. Leave all the windows clear of decorations and skip the Mistle toe altogether! No need to make it awkward for the Agent and a Buyer!

It is also not advisable to nail stockings to the fireplace mantle. This causes damage and the buyers will not appreciate that. Keep lights to a minimum and don’t even think about using fake snow on anything- no exceptions!

Your property is your biggest asset and it is being marketed for sale, so treat it like a product on the market and keep it clean, clutter free and mildly festive. That way the buyers aren’t overwhelmed or distracted by the decorations and the kids can still have Christmas. There is a happy medium, if you continue to think like a property marketer.

Following this advice, can result in an offer during the holidays because people are always moving and buying homes regardless of the time of year. Let’s get your home sold so next year you can be in your new home and decorate it up to your hearts’ content!

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Written by Jill Gargus

Jill Gargus

RESA member, Jill Gargus is the owner of Simply Irresistible Interiors, an Edmonton based home staging company. Jill was recently named on of the Top 10 Professional Stagers of the Year in Canada for 2013.

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