Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

While spring is traditionally the most popular time of year to list a home for sale in Kansas City, that doesn’t mean other seasons should be discounted. With interest rates historically low, and inventory down in our market, this can be a good time to list your home for sale. On top of that, people looking at homes during this time of year are generally serious buyers! If you’re thinking of selling soon, here are some seasonal points to consider:

Seasonal Scheduling

The holidays are certainly a busy time. As people juggle work, family and social events, it might require you to be a little more flexible with your showing availability to accommodate full schedules.

That said, there are also some scheduling benefits to selling during slower seasons. You might find it easier to schedule appointments with inspectors or contractors needed for potential repairs.

Use Holiday Décor to Add Warmth

Over the top holiday decor

Photo Credit: Realty Times

Another advantage of selling during the holiday season is the presentation of your home can benefit from holiday décor. While you don’t want to go over-the-top or too personal with your decorations, seasonal décor adds a sense of warmth and charm that may appeal to potential buyers. Our professional stager can help determine items to enhance an inviting feel throughout your home.

You can also add to the ambiance by burning holiday-scented candles before a showing or open house (just don’t leave them lit if the home will be unattended). Or, bake some holiday cookies and leave a few out for potential buyers that visit the home!

Seasonal Safety Tips

Of course you want to ensure the safety or your home and potential buyers any time you list, however, there are a few extra points to consider this time of year. With evenings being a popular time for showings, it’s especially important during the fall and winter when it gets dark early to make sure there is a clear, well-lit path to your home. Likewise, it’s a good idea to leave several lights on in the home so realtors and buyers feel safe and welcome entering your residence.

Depending on weather, you’ll also want to take care to keep a walkway clear to the home from snow and ice. Be sure to shovel and put down salt, when needed, to make a safe path. An extra mat inside the front door is a good idea, too, to collect boots and shoes, and to protect your flooring from salt/sand debris.

If I can help you get your home ready to list, give me a call. I would be happy to pull a market report of your area to help you review comps and set pricing. And our stager and professional photographer will provide the best first impression of your home possible! Call me anytime at (913) 980-2434. Happy Holidays and Happy Selling!