Milton Real Estate - Katherine Barnett, Broker

Tips on Selling your home during the holidays

  • Katherine Barnett
  • 26 November 2015

We have now officially entered the “Holiday Season” of the year. But, just because we are in the midst of the holidays and close to the New Year does not mean that real estate market screech to a halt. People still buy and sell houses during this time of year for all types of reasons.

When your home is listed for sale during the holiday season, it is important to moderately and tastefully decorate the home with limited decorations. When we are living in a home, some of us tend to go a little overboard with holiday decorating, which is perfectly acceptable. As we decorate according to our own personal taste, but when we are selling, we now have to appeal to everyone.

Remember that your home is what’s being showcased, not how festive you can really be. When a buyer comes to take a look at your home, consider putting away anything that is overly religious, this could cause potential buyers to feel uncomfortable if they don’t share the same faith as you.

Here are a few tips for decorating while your home is on the real estate market and still feel festive. 

1. Try to not obstruct views of the front-exterior of your home with lawn decorations.

2. Ensure that any strings of lights you have on your home’s exterior is in good working order and hung neatly.

3. Have those exterior lights on in the evenings, as it makes your home stand out, and lights up the walk to your front door. 

4. A nice festive wreath hanging on your door-exterior. 

5. A holiday-appropriate “Welcome Mat” outside the front door is a nice touch.

6. Inside, remember that the most important, longest lasting first impression is made on the buyer as soon as they open that front door. Be mindful to not over-fill that front area too many with decorations.

7. Be careful not to have highly scented candles burning, there are a lot of people that are allergic to scents. You could use those flameless candles for holiday ambience.

8. Keep the temperature warm in the house, when buyers come in the home, they would like that warm and cozy feeling after being out in the cold. And the smell of baked cookies is still a smell people love; bake some ahead of time if you’re a baker.

9. If you are putting up a tree, try to choose the least filled space in the house to put up your tree.

10. Avoid putting up stickers or glass-art on your windows, or hanging tinsel/garland from structural features. 

11. Avoid the use of too many colours with your decorations. Using more than 2 or 3 main colours is simply distracting and is visually cluttered.

Selling your home during the holidays can be a great time to have buyers want to purchase your home. It is a bit trickier to have a festive holiday while your home is on the market. Don’t be shy about asking Katherine for help on how much is too much holiday cheer in your home.

Do you have concerns about selling your home during the holiday season? If so, contact Katherine and she will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.