The holiday season from November through January is often considered the worst time to put a home on the market. While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed. Once you've committed to the challenge, throw on your ugly Holiday Sweater and call Mountain Resort Properties. We will guide you through the process and will hopefully have a buyer secured for your home before you ring in the New Year. Following these helpful tips from FrontDoor and HGTV will make the process that much easier:
- Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard.
Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the holiday decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home, distract buyers and make your home appear cluttered and smaller that it actually is. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes.
- Hire a reliable real estate agent like one of our agents at Mountain Resort properties.
That means someone who will work hard for you and won't disappear during Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's. This will ease your stress and give you more time to enjoy the season. Thinking of selling your home - call us today: Vernon Office - 973-827-7725 or Hardyston - 973-827-6767
- Seek out motivated buyers.
Anyone house hunting during the holidays must have a good reason for doing so. Work with your agent to target buyers on a deadline, including people relocating for jobs in your area, investors on tax deadlines, or people seeking a vacation or second home in our local resort areas of Crystal Springs and Minerals/Great Gorge Areas.
- Price it to sell.
No matter what time of year, a home that’s priced low for the market will make buyers feel merry. Rather than gradually making small price reductions, many real estate agents advise sellers to slash their prices before putting a home on the market.
- Make curb appeal a top priority.
When autumn rolls around and the trees start to lose their leaves, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. Bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard. Keep buyers’ safety in mind as well by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.
- Take top-notch real estate photos.
When the weather outside is frightful, homebuyers are likely to start their house hunt from the comfort of their homes by browsing listings on the Internet. Especially this year, more buyers feel more comfortable starting their search on-line so make a good first impression by offering lots of flattering, high-quality photos of your home. If possible, have a summer or spring photo of your home available so buyers can see how it looks year-round.
- Create a video tour for the Web.
You'll get less foot traffic during the holidays thanks to inclement weather and vacation plans. But shooting a video tour and posting it on the Web may attract house hunters who don't have time to physically see your home, do not feel comfortable being around others due to COVID concerns or would rather not drive in a snowstorm.
- Give house hunters a place to escape from the cold.
Make your home feel cozy and inviting during showings by cranking up the heat, playing soft classical music and offering homemade holiday treats. When you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home you also give them more time to admire its best features.