Your Home is Listed: To Decorate or Not?
If your home is on the market, you may be wondering if you should decorate at all this holiday season. Real Estate Expert Tammy Beckley shared her thoughts on how best to show your home this time of year.
Don't overdo it on the decorations: Keep your holiday decor simple this year. Let the charm of your living room shine with just a perfectly trimmed tree. A lovely wreath on the front door and other simple things like that. This is not the year to bring out 20 years worth of boxes filled with gobs of holiday collectibles. Make sure to remove your regular home decor before adding the holiday decor you replace it with. Never just pile more holiday decor on top of or around your regular home decor.
Make sure your home is easily accessible: Homes that don’t get shown don’t get sold. There are many listings that are vacant, so they can be shown anytime. Don’t make it difficult for agents to get their clients into your home – if they have to make appointments way in advance, or can only show it during a very restrictive time frame, they will likely just cross your place off the list and go show the places that are easy to get into.
Buyers and Sellers are more serious this time of year: No one really wants to have their home listed during the holidays or shop for homes. This means the people that do are usually serious buyers and sellers. Sometimes a job transfer, end of lease or personal circumstance require plunging into making a sale in the dead of winter. Although that means there will be fewer buyers looking, the ones that are will be ready to purchase. In addition, as a seller you'll have a chance to stand out because this is usually the lowest time of year for our inventory of listings. Take advantage of that.