This is the the season when brave, serious house-hunters are looking for their new home. This time of year can be utilized as an opportunity to enhance and ‘warm up’ one’s showing experience by utilizing holiday decor – as long as it’s not overkill and done correctly. Remember, how one sells a home is not necessarily how one lives. There are many ways to maximize the sale price potential during the holiday season, but one must think along the lines of first impressions.
Selling a home during the holidays doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the season, use this time of year to your advantage to achieve your desired goal. While you may not be decorating your home the same way you usually do, keep in mind that it may be well worth it, especially when you think about how nice it will be to decorate your new home for the holidays next year! Here are some suggestions:
- Your home should be clean and staged properly prior to being decorated.
It won’t do any good to add holiday decor items, if a home already feels crowded and over-cluttered with furniture and other items. A simple rule is to replace one home decor item with a holiday decor item, rather than adding more items to what’s already there.
- Complement the color palette and style of your home.
Less is often more, keep that in mind, a few tasteful and simple touches can go a long way (simple wreath above a fire place, bowl on a table filled with pine cones, etc.) Avoid color clashes, if your home features a light colored decor, you may want to consider matching up your holiday decor in a complimentary fashion.
- Be mindful of using space appropriate decorations.
A tall and wide Christmas tree may be absolutely wonderful, but only if there is sufficient space (like a large, open foyer, or a great room for example). A slimmer, smaller tree will be more complimentary in a smaller space and also less obstructing. Too many decor items can be distracting, keep in mind, a prospective buyer needs to be able to envision himself/herself living here. You will still want each space to look as spacious as possible, often times people tend to use all available extra space to decorate their home for the Holidays.
- Home scents & smells always matter.
While we encourage sellers to take advantage of seasonal scents such as cinnamon and pumpkin, we also point out that some people are very much bothered by strong smells and perfumes. Light and neutral scents are best, for safety reasons we urge clients not to have any candles lit during a showing appointment or open houses.
- What one person perceives as ‘cute’ and ‘festive’, another person may perceive as ‘tacky’ or ‘gaudy’.
Huge yard inflatable decorations for example may not be the most flattering choice, neither are too many lights. Not to be the Grinch, but if you are a big fan of ‘going all out’ during the Christmas season, you may want to tone it down a little while your home is actively listed on the market. Trust us, we listen to buyers’ comments. Your objective as a seller is to charm a prospective buyer. Remember, buyers that are looking at a home during this time of year are generally very serious about making a home purchase.
- Keep walkways, driveways, entryways and stairs clear of snow and ice.
There is nothing more discouraging than having to brave the already cold temps and then having to trot through snow and having to worry about potentially slipping and falling due to ice. As a homeowner you will want to provide safe showing conditions.
- Changing things up is always a good idea.
Seasonal pictures are a great way of doing so. Just be sure that your listing pictures match the current season and are changed out accordingly.
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All the best and happy selling!
Randy and Yvonne
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Randy and Yvonne Hoyt
Home Marketing Specialists & Licensed Realtors
RE/MAX Mid-Michigan Real Estate
2300 W. Michigan Avenue
Jackson, MI 49202