Selling Your Home During the Holidays

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The combination of busy schedules, travel, lousy weather, and tight budgets makes selling a home during the winter months more challenging. Most buyers are looking for holiday gifts, not a home. However, there are times when you need to sell your home during this tricky time. Perhaps you’re relocating or have a new addition to the family and need more space that new homes for sale in Rhode Island can offer. No matter what the reason, by following these tips, you’ll have a better chance at finding a buyer for your home during the holidays.
A good real estate agent is always vital when it comes to selling your home. You want an agent who will do everything they can to target your home to the right buyers. An agent’s role is also to help you, as the seller feel more secure in the process. That means you need an agent who isn’t going to disappear for days or weeks at a time during the holidays. Even if they are going to be away for part of the time, you want to make sure they are leaving you in the capable hands of a fellow agent who will work just as hard to promote your home.

When you choose your agent, listen closely to what they say about the market value of your home. Everyone wants as much money as possible for their home, but in certain markets and neighborhoods, especially during the winter months, it may be best to list your home much lower from the start, rather than dropping the price gradually in small increments.

Curb appeal is always an important part of selling a home and it becomes more of a challenge during the barren winter months. With trees bare, more of your home will be exposed. Make sure paint and trim are looking their best and keep gutters clean. You also need to keep the yard neat and free of piles of leaves and make sure bushes and vines aren’t looking scraggy. If you get a lot of snow and ice, keep the safety of potential buyers in mind, as well, by keeping walkways and steps clean.

Holiday decorations can make the inside of a home feel even more warm and welcoming, but beware going over the top. You don’t want a lot of clutter or oversized decorations that can make your home feel smaller. Try to stick with smaller or fewer displays that have a general winter theme. You may also want to take photos of the inside of your home without the decorations, so that these photos can be placed online to give buyers a sense of what the home will look like throughout the year.

If you’re looking to purchase one of the new homes for sale in Rhode Island, such as one of the H.A. Fisher Homes in Reynolds Farm, you may find yourself needing to sell your existing home during the holiday season. Take advantage of creating a warm, welcoming setting – consider leaving out a tray of freshly baked cookies for potential buyers – to make your home as appealing as possible to get a quick sale in a challenging season.