Did you know December can be a great time to sell your home? The winter season traditionally sees a slow-down in sales simply because there are fewer homes on the market, but buyers in December are highly motivated, often looking to move quickly and settle in for the New Year. Home staging can make all the difference, especially when holiday decorating is thrown into the mix. Here are a few tips to make your home stand out and sell fast this holiday season:
Keep Holiday Decorations Simple
Selling at Christmastime doesn’t mean you need to skip decorating altogether. Hang onto your holiday cheer, but keep it simple: a tree, stockings, and greenery in a tight color palette that compliments your everyday décor. Outdoor lights should be simple, too; leave the blow-up snowman in storage this year and opt for classic, white lights and a tasteful wreath outside.
Highlight Home Features
Use your holiday decorations to highlight the best features of your home. Have a two-story great room? Get a tall, slender tree to show off those soaring ceilings. Place garland to draw attention to your fireplace and mantle, and use centerpieces to show off your pretty dining room and its formal features.
Light it Up
Have a fireplace? Now is the time to light it up. A warm fire on a cloudy, cold December day is inviting and certainly makes your home cozier for homebuyers as they travel house-to-house looking for the one that fits them best. It's also a good idea to turn on exterior lights and lights in each room of the house to keep it bright on these shorter, chilly winter days.
Warm Winter Refreshments
Encourage buyers to linger by providing seasonal refreshments. Leave hot chocolate or warm apple cider in a small crockpot with to-go cups and a plate of Christmas cookies. Not only will your house smell amazing, but buyers will have one more reason to remember your house above all others.
December can be a great time to sell, especially if your home is priced right and staged for the season. Snag those highly motivated buyers and make a quick sale just in time for the New Year with just a few easy tweaks to your home staging game. It will make your holiday season even brighter!
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