Selling a home in December requires a tricky balance. On the one hand, you want to be festive for your family and friends, but on the other hand, you want to sell your home! Here are some tips:
Mistletoe Hung Where You Can’t See. By design, most holiday decorations are the focal point, but home buyers need to focus on your home. Make sure that you keep your house the main thing, with understated trimming that will emphasize your home’s beauty.
Little Tannebaum. Large trees dwarf a room, making it seem smaller than it is. Opt for a smaller, less flashy tree this year.
Winter Wonderland. At the risk of being seen as the Grinch, try to make your ornamentation as generic as possible. Not everyone shares your faith or holiday beliefs. And remember what the Grinch learned: Christmas will come without ribbons and bows.
The Holly That Won’t Be On Your Front Door. Don’t let your holly, stockings, garland, or anything else cover up the beauty of your home. Make sure that prospective buyers can see your staircases, mantles, arches, columns, and any other architectural features – especially your own front door!
Chestnuts Roasting. Capitalize on subtle Christmas aromas, like chocolate chip cookies, mulled wine, gingerbread, or maybe even chestnuts roasting. Just make sure that they aren’t overpowering, and avoid artificial smells in case of allergies.
Merry and Bright. Extra lighting can make your space look cleaner, bigger, and more attractive. From spotlights on the front door to twinkling lights in the bathroom, Christmas is a great excuse to be all aglow!
The holidays aren’t the traditional time to sell a home, but that doesn’t mean that people don’t buy! Last December we had TEN closings! Put your home on someone’s Christmas list today!
PS Here are some hints about how to cook when you’re selling your home.