Using Christmas to Help Sell Your House
by Bella Scotton
Many don’t even consider putting their house on the market during the festive season. Plus, many that do have their homes listed at this time do not renew the contract if it going to run through the Christmas season.
It may have been that selling a home during Christmas in the days gone by was no easy feat, but with the world of technology that we live in today, this has really changed. One of the reasons that would make this time of year so difficult for home selling simply was because of lack of time. Potential buyers just didn’t have the time to shop for a new home with everything else that was going on. Now, with the world of the internet, that has all changed. Interested buyers can easily check out homes of interest and then arrange for a viewing. This is a big time saver.
For the seller using this time of year to sell their home, it can actually be a time saver as well. Think of it this way. When you are going to put your home on the market at any time of the year the first thing you are likely to do is give it a thorough cleaning from top to bottom. Then while doing this you de-clutter. If there are any minor repairs to be done then you tackle these as well. While you are at it you may give one or two rooms a new coat of paint. Then you focus on cleaning up the exterior of the home you create some curb appeal.
If you think about it, these are many of the same things you do when getting the home ready for the festive season. You give it a good Christmas cleaning. Then you probably get rid of a lot of the old things so you can make room for some Christmas decorating. Many homeowners will often do some interior painting so the rooms really showcase their decorating. So basically all the tasks that you would complete for putting your home on the market you will be doing to get your home prepared for the Christmas season.
Another advantage is you can use your festive decorating skills to really showcase your home for potential buyers. The key to success with this is not to overdo it. It is easy to fall into the trap of making the home look cluttered with so many decorations. Plan carefully for your decorating and view it through the eyes of others.
Capitalize on some of the festive season smells as well. If you happen to be into Christmas baking then you may want to just finish off baking a tray of cookies or some pies before your agent is going to show your home.
Burning festive candles will also help to provide the home with some wonderful scents. Then, of course, there will be the odor of the Christmas tree if you use a real one. All of these little touches can create a very positive experience for the potential home buyers and give them a real sense of the ambiance that the home possesses.
Being able to sell a home during the Christmas season is not just an isolated incident. One savvy real estate agent in fact not only sold one but two homes during the festive season.
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