Whether your home has been on the market for a while or you need to sell over the holidays, having a house listed on the market during the holidays can be very stressful. However, there are some things that you can do, little tricks and tips to keep your home market worthy and still enjoy your holidays. Here are my five best tips on How to Have a Holiday if You’re House is on the Market
#1. It’s okay to decorate.
Buyers understand that it’s the holidays so naturally, your home is probably going to be decorated to some degree. However, don’t go overboard with your 37 piece Christmas village on every tabletop and bookshelf. Buyers don’t want to be distracted by your items. Decorations should enhance the home, not cover it up. A Christmas tree, wreath, and a minimal garland on the mantle is usually plenty and it will still give your home and that holiday spirit without covering up what buyers really need to look at.
#2. Keep wrapped gifts to a minimum.
I know a lot of people that by Christmas gifts, wrap them, and two weeks before Christmas their spilling out into the living room. A couple of wrapped gifts with beautiful bows under the tree definitely sets the scene but take all the excess and took them into a closet for Christmas morning. This will deter anyone that may want to swipe a present or two and again, it gives buyers a chance to look at the house.
#3. Use nature instead of artificial decorations.
A bowl of cinnamon scented pine cones, Garland, and bows from nature make more of a statement then artificial red and green plastic ornaments.
#4. Don’t make any mass that cannot be cleaned up in 30 minutes.
This can be difficult with holiday parties, cookie baking, and gift wrapping, but if you keep everything organized so that if you do get a call for a showing, you can have the house speak and spend within about 30 to 40 minutes.
#5. Don’t cover up any important selling features.
If your home has a beautiful mantle, don’t cover it with decorations. If the banister or stairway is amazing just as it is, leave it alone so buyers can see the most prominent features in the house.
Selling during the holidays is not unusual but with a little bit of strategy, you can still decorate and have a wonderful holiday season and hopefully a sale.