Should you put your home on hold until after the first of the year?

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We are in full swing into the holiday season! Should you wait to list your home?

Well, if you do, you may miss out on a great opportunity. The last two months of the year tend to be the busiest and buyers the most serious.  However, there are some things you may want to keep in mind over the holidays …

Decorations

Outdoor  decorations should be classy, classic and SIMPLE. Sprinkle white lights in some of the bushes and potted trees; add a welcoming wreath at the door. Create festive but without the Grizwald effect. You may really want to leave the inflatable Santa and snowmen for your new home.

Indoor decorations should be minimal and natural without being cluttered. You can have your tree with a few placed ornaments and a few wrapped gifts, one wreath, a few candles and garland – but again, minimal. Don’t display your Christmas cards – too personal for showings. Tinsel is also taboo. You may want to stay your home’s interior to invite potential buyers to envision what their Christmases would look like in your home.

Religious decorations are at your discretion, but remember that many people will be looking at your home and you want to make sure they see your home as theirs.

Decorations need to come down at least by New Years.

Also, your agent should change out the photos on the internet, if the photos were taken with Holiday and lawn decorations.

Music

Keep it soft and best to keep it secular.

Baked Goods

Yummy! Cookies, bread and scented candles always make a home feel warm and inviting. But keep them light and not over-powering. Oh, and leave a plate out of your just baked cookies ….

Showing Appointments

It is the Holidays and many understand if you can’t have a showing because of family gatherings, but if you will be entertaining a lot and postpone many showings, that may be one good reason to put your listed home on hold until after the first of the year.

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