I wrote the following post several years ago, but it is still pertinent (probably even more so today, as there are many serious buyers home shopping right now). The holidays can be a great time to sell…have a look (or a second look) and see why:
Heading into the holidays can be a stressful time for most people, especially when you have a home to sell in the midst of all the celebrations. Many sellers take their homes off the market before the holidays, or avoid listing them altogether, to avoid added stress, but this time of year can actually be a blessing for the home seller. There are some good reasons to keep or start marketing your home over the holidays.
1.Â Serious buyers. Buyers who are looking for homes over the holidays tend to be serious buyers, given the fact that they are looking for homes during the holiday season. With less inventory out there this makes it an ideal time for sellers.
2.Â Less competition. Since so many sellers take their homes off the market you will have less competition. If your home shows well (holiday decor is ok and is expected at this time of year) and is priced well this could be a big benefit to you. There are buyers out there who need to find places to live over the holidays. If you are worried about showings when you are celebrating or have guests, simply have your agent ask for more notice for appointments, and you can even specify showing times that would be easiest on you.
3.Â Highlight the warmth of your home. The holidays are a great time to really highlight the warmth of your home. As long as you donâ€™t go overboard with decorations, gift clutter or holiday smells (like holiday candles), a little festivity can give your home a welcoming feel. Make sure not to block any ares where natural light comes into the home.
While selling your home over the holidays can be challenging, if you designate showing times and keep your home in tip top showing shape, there is no reason you have to let it interfere with holiday enjoyment.