A seller asks – Should I take my house off the market for the holidays?
Answer – No! The holidays are actually a great time to be on the market. Why? Two reasons come to mind. Because most people have their homes looking great and festive during the holidays, so it can show really well; and, because the people out looking at this time of the year are serious buyers, not tire kickers.
Now, the seller may argue back that having showings during the holidays is inconvenient or stressful; but they could probably say that about showings almost any time. Sure your house has to be ready to show, but that is normal. What may not be normal is if you have company in for the holidays who are staying with you. If that is the case, keep in mind that you can always turn down a specific showing request, if it really is too inconvenient. It would be better to just make sure that your house guests understand that you may all need to get out of the house for an hour to allow for a showing. You can plan a list of places that you all might go during showings – local shopping, seeing holiday displays in the neighborhood or maybe out for lunch or a coffee or cocoa.
As with other holidays that might occur while your home is listed, such as Halloween; you should not overdo the in home decorating or the outside displays. People need to be able to see the property inside and out and likely aren’t all that interested in your Christmas decorations. Make sure that your decorations don’t interfere with walking through the rooms in the house. Too many decorations can also make the place look smaller than it is. Out in the yard, this is not the time to play “can you top this” with your blow up displays. Tasteful light displays are usually Ok, but having Santa and every reindeer and elf on display in your yard can detract from its curb appeal.
Obviously the time between Christmas Day and New Year ’s Day is a period where things could get a little messy, with presents and wrapping paper and other stuff littering the house – don’t let that happen. That same period is usually a time when many house hunters are off work and can get out visiting properties. Be ready.
This is also a time of year when we may get some nasty weather, so be ready to accommodate visitors in rainy or snowy weather by having a place to take off their boots/shoes (and put them back on at the end of the visit) in the entrance area. A chair or two and nice rug or rubber mat to leave the boots/shoes on while they visit is advised. You should post a nice sign there asking them to please remove their shoes/boots, if that is what you want them to do. If you have lots of winter coats and boots by your front of rear doorway, make sure to put them away for the visit. Leave the coat hooks open for use by your visitors.
Finally, this is the best time of the year to put out a plate of cookies for visitors, especially f you have some nice Christmas cookies that aren’t stale already. I won’t go so far as to offer hot cocoa, since that could get spilled. If you have a gas fireplace, turn it on as you leave to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere. I do not recommend leaving a wood fire burning, especially in an open fireplace. Make sure to turn on all the lights, too; especially those lights for which the switches may be hard to find, like under the cabinets in the kitchen. This is a dark time of the year, so the more lights the better. If you have the capability, leave holiday music playing softly on the stereo or TV to help enhance the mood of the buyers.
Who knows, maybe these holiday showings will lead to a belated Christmas present for you – the sale of your home. Happy Holidays!
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