Last Updated: December 4, 2021

Selling Your Home At The Holiday Season

Written By: Barbara L. Pearce
Toy model of a house with a scarf representing Holiday Home Sales

Holiday Homebuyers Are Very Motivated

Not too many sellers choose the holiday season to market their homes, and that can be an advantage to the right seller.  While there are fewer buyers, the ones who are out there tend to be the most motivated, and often they are on a tight time schedule.  Be ready to close quickly, because motivated buyers may be looking to move soon. Read on to learn how to take advantage of the holiday season to get the most for your property.

How to Stage a Home for Sale During the Holidays

Your home should look festive, and feel cozy. 

Holiday decorations can not only attract favorable notice, they can deflect attention from less desirable aspects of the house.  A tree full of ornaments, or lights on a mantel, will pull the eye in that direction.  Wrapped presents evoke feelings of happy times to be enjoyed in the home.  

Holiday Wreath on Door
Snowman with Snow shovel representing clear home entry

The Home Entry Must be Accessible

The outside must be clear of all wet leaves, snow, or ice.  Be sure to check again just before any showings or open houses.  The last thing you want is for someone to fall.  However, a layer of snow, or outdoor lights, can be a plus that counteracts the loss of leafy trees or flowering plants.

Put Winter Outerwear in Closets

Put all winter gear away in the garage, closets, or basement.  Don't let the trappings of winter weather make the home feel crowded or cluttered.  However, a sled or some cross-country skis can remind buyers of the joys of outdoor exercise available nearby.

Declutter and Donate

The longer nights and colder weather may make it easier to concentrate on decluttering.  Plus, if you didn't use something over the summer, it's a good time to throw it away. Take advantage of coat drives, food drives, or other chances to donate your gently used goods to someone who needs them more.

Play Holiday Music and Bake Cookies

Baking, with its delicious smells, can be a big asset. And don't forget that nothing reminds us more of the season than Bing Crosby singing, so pull out those holiday CDs and bring some seasonal joy to everyone who comes to look. Just think--when they leave, you can eat whatever you baked to produce those wonderful aromas!

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