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Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home over the Holidays

December 14, 2011

If you're selling your home over the holidays, be careful you don't overdo it!

Selling your home over the holidays

Buyers may take advantage of slower work schedules and vacations to visit your open house. But how do you strike the right balance between cozy and crammed when your home is filled with presents and decorations?

You can still celebrate the season in style. Just keep your home tidy and sparingly decorated. Buyers are looking for just the right amount of sparkle and in this case 'less is more'.

Buyers expect some decorations

Just remember they're trying to envision how they would spend their day-to-day lives in the home year round. So keep the holiday decorations to the right level. The goal is to bring out the home’s natural and architectural charm.

For selling your home over the holidays, follow these 10 tips

1. Don't put up too many outside lights: A home will dazzle more if lights are kept to a tasteful minimum. Sellers should opt for white lights instead of multi-coloured flashing bulbs to provide a more neutral glow to a home.
2. Remember to clear the snow:  Snow can look beautiful on trees, but driveways and walkways should be cleared as soon as the flakes fall.  If you're selling your home over the holidays, make sure Buyers can move freely across all the outdoor paths and patios around your home.
3. Put some life back in your landscape: Give Buyers a chance to imagine the potential in your garden. Frost-resistant plants like flowering kale or miniature trees allow Sellers to liven up walkways and still let the Buyers imagine their vision of the outdoor spaces.
4. Keep it cozy. Everyone appreciates a warm, cozy home – especially in the winter. So if you're selling your home over the holidays, set the thermostat at a comfy temperature for the whole day, since some thermostats have low temperature pre-sets during the day when no one is at home. If it's possible, have the fireplace and candles lit, and then disappear for the showing.
5. Engage the senses: Simmering a pot of cider with cinnamon during open houses or before showings will create a warm and festive feeling. It couldn't hurt to serve some to your open house guests.
6. Have someone else check for lingering odours. We all grow accustomed to the usual scents in our homes. And when homes are sealed-up to save heat, some pet odours or cooking smells can become pretty intense. Open a window, put on the fans, and get some fresh air in the home before showings. No smell is the best smell.
7. Selling your home over the holidays means Buyers get to see only the 'winter version' of your property. Display your home’s seasonal bests: Photos of the home's back and front yards, gardens and patios in spring and summer will show potential buyers what they're missing. You love it. So will they.
8. Smaller is better! When selling your home over the holidays, a smaller Christmas tree, with minimal decorations, will create the appearance of more space. A huge tree, on the other hand, will make the room look smaller, and busy decorations can intensify clutter.
9. Pretend it's Christmas Eve and hide the presents. It's so important to cut back on clutter when selling your home over the holidays. Your carefully chosen, hand-picked, perfectly wrapped gifts could very well be a distraction during showings.
10. Yes, you can have too many decorations: Remember, when selling your home over the holidays, less is always more. Whimsical ornaments can be great accents during the holidays, but be mindful not to go overboard.

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Part 1: Top 10 Small Bathroom Staging Ideas and Part 2: Top 10 Small Bathroom Staging Ideas

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