The holidays are a wonderful time! Beautiful colors and warm drinks and many chances to get together with family and friends for food and fun! Selling your home during the holidays, however, can be a bit of a stress. Go easy on yourself this holiday season and check out these tips to make this process as smooth as possible.
Go easy on the holiday displays
Tasteful displays will, quite literally, show the home in its best light. Outfitting the home to compete with the Griswolds will make it a spectacle, but not necessarily sale-able.
Let in the light
It’s always a good idea to open blinds and make sure windows are sparkly when trying to sell your home. Especially with shorter days in the fall and winter, you want to make sure you maximize the light in your home, which can make it look larger, fresher, and also “highlight your home’s best features,” said HGTV. Still need a little help? “Let in as much natural light as possible . . . and place plenty of lamps throughout your home for additional illumination.”
Make your space inviting
As the weather cools down, a warm and cozy atmosphere will give potential homebuyers a warm and cozy feeling. Use plush throws on the couch and beds, add pillows with fall accents to couches and chairs.
Prepare your fireplace
A roaring fireplace during showings adds to the welcoming feeling. But, even if you’re not yet ready to light a fire, making the fireplace look great is important. Clean those doors well, and sweep out the inside, too. If the paint inside your fireplace is wearing away, a fresh coat will help. Stack your firewood nicely or replace it with some modern glass, and you’re ready to go.
Use fall scents to your advantage
Cinnamon and pumpkin spice and vanilla, oh my! The flavors of fall are unmistakable, and when they’re flowing through your home, you can create a powerful connection with buyers. “The fall and winter months are associated with certain smells and flavors (think: pine needles, cinnamon, peppermint and pumpkin pie). Beyond setting the mood with decorations, you could try appealing to buyers’ senses in multiple ways,” said Smart Asset. “For example, if you’re hosting an open house you could keep hot chocolate and pumpkin muffins on hand for visiting buyers. If you don’t want to go that far, keeping a scented candle burning in the background or playing some holiday music can work wonders.”
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