Blog :: 12-2011

Showing Your House During the Holiday Season

Though normally a slow season for real estate, the holidays present a unique opportunity to show your home in all of its decked out splendor. Potential buyers will find it inviting, cheery and even irresistible! Here are some tips for keeping your home in peak showing condition during the holidays.

First Impressions

Winter weather can range from mild to extreme, but above all your home must be safe for potential buyers visiting it. Make sure your walkways are clear of snow and ice and they will fondly remember the snowy curb appeal. In addition, keep low hanging trees trimmed back to avoid any damage to your home or perception of threat to the safety of the home in the minds of prospective buyers.

Many people go all out when decorating for the holidays, but remember that not everyone who comes by will share your design aesthetic. A wreath on the door is always welcoming and a few tasteful strings of lights can be bright and inviting. Keep lighting and accessorizing to a tasteful minimum and you will have a home with festive, yet universal, appeal.

Make Them Feel at Home

This house shows that snow can be your greatest accessory!

Beyond keeping your home clutter free during the holidays, keep in mind that choosing a home can be tied to an emotional reaction to it. Make your prospective buyers feel comfortable there by keeping the house at a good temperature - 70-72 degrees is best - even when you are not there. This is especially true if you are no longer living in the house. Go the extra mile by using the oldest real estate trick in the book: baking cookies just before a showing. Even if they don't have a sweet tooth, your prospective buyers will instantly feel a familiar connection to the home.

Finishing Touches

As you should for showings all year round, keep your blinds open wherever possible. Your home will show better with more light streaming in and it will appear more welcoming and open. Finally, a fun idea is to leave out some cookies or chocolates (in true Santa form) to show your guests they are welcome there and that you are looking forward to working with them on the sale of your home!

You will most likely have less showings during this time of year, but you will be getting the most ambitious buyers coming to your door. Make sure to take advantage of this festive season to really impress them and to spread good will and cheer. Your house won't be one they will soon forget!