December is full of family gatherings, game nights, and a lot of company. It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year – unless of course you are also committed to showing your home to prospective buyers in the hopes to sell before the new year. Here are 5 tips for showing your home during the holidays without sacrificing your holiday season.
5 Tips for Showing Your Home During the Holidays
Keep Décor Simple
Prospective buyers like to see simple décor as it makes the home feel inviting and warm. And while it’s tempting to go all out with decorations, less can be more when showing your home. You want to maintain the open feel of your home and you want to leave room for buyers to imagine their own décor in the home. It can also be wise to stick to non-specific décor, so buyers of all religions can feel comfortable walking through your home.
Secure Holiday Gifts
Yes holiday gifts look nice under the tree, but consider storing them in a safe space when opening your home to prospective buyers. It would be devastating to allow prospective buyers to walk through the home on their own, and to find a gift or two missing from the tree. This is unlikely, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Communicate With Your Agent
Opening your home up during the holiday season should not prevent you from taking trips. It’s important that you plan your trips ahead of time and communicate with your agent what dates do and do not work for open houses. It’s also important to note when your agent will be out of town. The more that everyone is on the same page, the better.
Don’t Over Commit to Hosting
Since home showings can pop up at the last minute, it might be a good year to opt out of hosting your neighborhood cookie exchange, your church Christmas party, or your kids’ white elephant gift exchange. You probably won’t want to have to decline a showing because you’re in the middle of supervising your kids party. Your family and friends will understand your reasoning! This is one of the most important tips for showing your home during the holidays. Becoming overwhelmed with events can be stressful, and take some fun out of the holidays.
Make Your Home Cozy
Cozy up your home as much as you can during holiday showings. This will help make it feel like a homey escape from the outdoors. Consider turning on your gas fireplace for home showings. Also, it would be a good idea to turn up the thermostat one or two degrees to make the home feel more comfortable. Who knows, maybe prospective buyers will feel so cozy that they want to make your home their new home!
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