Spring is still the most popular time for home sales, but circumstances may require your home to be on the market during the holiday season. There are fewer buyers shopping for a home, but also fewer homes on the market, so less competition. If the time to sell and the time to celebrate the season are one-in-the-same, enjoy your holiday while keeping these tips in mind.
Your first concern should be whether or not to decorate your home with your regular holiday dazzle. It isn't necessary to leave all the ornaments packed away, but follow three key points when choosing decorations. Number one: keep your decorations impersonal. If you have lots of ornaments with family pictures or that your children made in their preschool class, leave those for another year and put out more generic versions. Second, don't over-do the decorating. Crowding the house with lots of festive decor may be fun for your holiday celebrations, but buyers will feel closed-in and your home will appear smaller and less functional. For every holiday piece you put out, remove one of your regular year-round pieces. And third, think elegant over extravagant. When selecting which decorations to highlight, choose pieces that are classic and timeless and skip the humorous or gaudy.
Once the decorations are in place, remember to keep the house free from clutter like wrapping paper and gift boxes. Choose paper plates for parties for quick clean-up. Have some jazzy Christmas music playing low in the background. And keep some cookie dough ready to pop in the oven before buyers' appointments. Just like any other time of the year, let your home be a clean and open space where buyers can picture themselves celebrating many happy holidays in their future.