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Mistakes Home Sellers Make When Showing their Home Over the Holidays

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home decorated for the holidays while on the real estate marketThe holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but they can feel extremely tricky for home sellers. After all, how do you make your home festive while its on the market? The good news is that you and your home can get in the holiday mood even when your home is on the real estate market. The bad news is that it can be incredibly easy to jeopardize your home sale if you make these mistakes.

Not clearing the walks

If you want potential sellers to be able to see your home, make sure your walks are clear of snow and decorations. Your home needs to make the best first impression it can so home buyers want to come in. Make sure your yard is landscaped and neat, and the sidewalks and driveway are clean and repaired.

Covering up selling features

It’s okay to decorate your home, but don’t cover up your home’s selling features. Instead, use your holiday decorations to accent the items that sell your home. Add holiday boughs to your mantle to showcase your fireplace and décor that shows off key architectural details. Don’t be afraid to ask your real estate agent for recommendations that they’ve seen sell homes.

Over-decorating

One of the most common mistakes home sellers make—during any time of year—is making their home’s rooms look smaller because of too much clutter. Make sure that you don’t over-decorate your rooms so they look bigger and more spacious during showings. Use the same strategy outside; a lot of outdoor decorations can make your lot size appear smaller.

Burning too many candles

You want your home to smell pleasant, but don’t trigger potential buyers’ allergies by burning too many candles or using a lot of air fresheners. Too many scents in a home can also make potential buyers suspicious and leave them thinking that you’re trying to cover up a potential issue (i.e. mold, water damage, etc.).

Thinking that you can’t have any notice

The holidays are hectic with a huge to-do list. Don’t feel that your home has to be ready for an immediate home showing; instead, ask your real estate agent for 24-hour notice (if possible) before a showing. This simple step helps make your holiday merrier—and hopefully ending with the ultimate gift of a home sale.

How long does it take to sell my home?

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for sale sign at home ready for showingUnfortunately, there are no solid answers to this common question. The national average is approximately 65-70 days, but the true answer depends on many factors: location, season, real estate market, salability. While you can’t change many of those factors, there are steps you can take to make that sale sooner.

Curb appeal, curb appeal, curb appeal.

When you put your home on the market, you need to start thinking like a buyer. As a buyer, first impressions go a long way—and they start before they even walk in the door. Make sure your driveway and sidewalk are clean, and your lawn and flower beds are well-kept (a full curb appeal checklist can be found here).

Give your home a deep clean.

Spiders, dirty tubs, greasy stoves, yucky toilets. All these items can leave potential buyers repulsed and heading for the door—or ready to make a really low offer that covers cleaning and replacement costs. When getting your home ready for sale, deep clean every floor, counter, appliance, and every other surface before potential buyers walk in the door (or ask your real estate agent for the name of a good local cleaning service that can do the job).

Make your rooms look bigger.

A cluttered home can make your rooms look smaller and cover up the features that impress buyers. Remove all necessary objects from your rooms and clear out nick nacks to make your home look bigger and show off all the selling features (i.e. anything that covers up your fireplace mantle, items on a bathroom vanity, etc.).

Bring in the experts.

If you want to sell quickly, don’t hesitate to bring in the experienced pros that can help hasten your sale and make the process easier. Hire the best local real estate agents (tips for finding the best real estate agent here), and a recommended home inspector that can give you the head up on any surprises that could slow the home sale process (called a pre-listing home inspection).

Show how well your home is maintained.

You’ve cared for your home for years; now is the time to show off years of fantastic home maintenance. Replace any burned out light bulbs, fix leaky faucets, and repair any items that could raise a red flag with potential buyers—and could delay the closing date.