decorating for the holidaysWell, ‘tis the season for giving, but many people who have their homes on the market wonder if it’s the best season for selling. Fear not that the real estate market tends to experience a lull during the holiday season, there are still plenty of reasons to list your home.

Consider that buyers over the holidays are more serious, or they wouldn’t be house shopping at this time of year. Also, there are less homes for sale in the Destin area right now, so there is less competition from other sellers.

How do you enjoy the holidays, decorate your home and still list your house? It can be a bit of a balancing act, but definitely do-able. Here are a few things to keep in mind when selling your Destin home over the Christmas holidays:

Give Potential Buyers Some Holiday Cheer

When people are viewing your house, it’s a great opportunity to give them things to make them feel warm and welcome so they spend more time in your home. Have some tasty homemade Christmas goodies on hand. Play some Christmas carols softly on the stereo. Most people associate Christmas songs with feeling good, so a prospective buyer will feel good about your home.

Don’t Overdo Christmas Decorations

Generally, most people don’t mind a house that’s nicely decorated for the season. But don’t overdo it with huge items that take up a lot of space and clutter your home. Also, be aware that some religiously themed decorations and ornaments may not leave the best impression on people with varying beliefs. Moderation is key here.

Decorate to Match Your Home

Just as with any decorating, make sure your holiday decor blends in nicely with your existing home colour scheme. If your house is done in earthy tones, compliment with rich tones including forest greens and gold as well as bright red berries.

Make Sure Your Home Isn’t Overpriced

This is a given at any time of the year, but is very important to keep in mind during the holidays. It’s actually a good strategy to lower your price a bit before the Christmas season (if your house has been on the market for a while) rather than drop it in small increments during negotiations.

Don’t be a Grinch

If you do get an offer to purchase your home over the holidays, show some Christmas cheer and maybe come down a bit off your final price, or throw in that lawn mower you weren't planning on leaving behind. Keep in mind that holiday buyers may have tight deadlines and you might need to be a bit more flexible with your closing dates. In the end, you’ll make it a special holiday for the buyers and feel awesome because you've sold your home.

Posted by Tim Shepard - Broker on


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